Fish and Wildlife Officers Find Meth and Wanted Man
Information provided from the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Facebook page.
Wildlife officers…apprehended a wanted felon the old fashioned way [last] weekend; they chased him down on foot. Two wardens were working a general fish and wildlife patrol along the South Fork of the Eel River when they came across several people living illegally along the river in homemade tents and possessing and using methamphetamine. After telling the people they had to move off of private property, and citing them for health and safety code sections and possession of drug paraphernalia, the officer’s moved to the next area.
The wildlife officers found a couple living in an abandoned bus along the river under the highway overpass. During the interview the male suspect tried to provide the officers with false identification, but changing his name and birthday slightly every time he was asked for it. When the wildlife officer went to arrest the man for obstruction, he took off running toward downtown Garberville, leaving his female friend behind. He ran through thick brush and up a steep hill but didn’t make it far before he quickly fell over exhausted and was handcuffed.
The suspect was booked into jail in Eureka for resisting arrest, providing false I.D. to a peace officer and a felony warrant from Humboldt County. He also had multiple charges pending in Eureka and several restraining orders against him.