Woman Allegedly Assaults Off-Duty Deputy at Youth Football Practice

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and the individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

imageservletOn 08-26-2015 at 6:55 p.m. two off- duty Humboldt County Sheriff Deputies were at McKinleyville High School watching a youth football practice. Both deputies were wearing civilian attire. There were approximately 50-60 kids on the football field practicing football with about 15 parents and coaches watching the practice.

At this time the off-duty deputies saw and heard a female subject repeatedly yelling obscenities and waving her arms in the air walking towards the football field. The subject was not associated with the football practice. The two off- duty deputies could hear another female yelling “Chelsea stop, calm down”. The female yelling appeared to be emotionally disturbed and appeared to be getting more aggressive in her posture.

At this time many of the parents knew the off-duty deputies worked for the Sheriff’s Office and were looking at them for assistance in the increasing volatile situation. The off-duty deputies then walked over to the female subject, who they later identified as 21 year old Chelsea Delia-Star Carlson from McKinleyville.

The deputies attempted to calm down Carlson by talking to her and explained to her that they were off- duty deputies. Carlson calmed down for a few seconds then started again with her unstable behavior. The deputies attempted to convince Carlson to simply leave the football field, but she refused. Carlson then started screaming again. The deputies could detect a strong order of an alcoholic beverage on her person. Carlson speech was slurred and she was unsteady on her feet. The deputies determined Carlson was intoxicated to a point she was a danger to herself and others.

The deputies then attempted to place Carlson under arrest for public intoxication. When they attempted to place Carlson under arrest she lunged towards the deputies and attempted to punch one of the deputies with her hands. The deputy was able to deflect her fists. The deputy then grabbed Carlson and placed her into a “bear hug” to avoid being assaulted further by Carlson.

Carlson continued trying to kick the deputy so he placed her onto the ground to avoid being injured by Carlson. Carlson was able to scratch the deputy’s arm with her fingernails when he was attempting to control her. The entire time Carlson was yelling and screaming obscenities. When Carlson was on the ground she still was attempting to kick and hit the deputy.

A large group of people not associated with the football practice game were attempting to get involved and interfer in the altercation. The second off-duty deputy was able to keep the other people away from the altercation by repeating numerous times they were police officers. It was a very tense situation for several minutes trying to keep the other subjects away.

On duty Humboldt County Sheriff Deputies responded to the scene along with the California Highway Patrol Officers and Arcata Police Department Officers to help calm the situation. When the other officers arrived on scene they were able to calm down the situation of the crowd.

The off -duty deputy received abrasions to the outer side of his forearms and elbow and abrasions to his face. The Deputy also injured his knee during this incident with Carlson.

Carlson was placed under arrest for assault and battery, resisting arrest, disturbing the peace and public intoxication. Carlson was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Carlson was released from custody when she became sober. Carlson was then given a court date to appear in Superior Court for the above listed charges.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.



  • Outraged impolite woman cited for failure to defer to sports fans.

  • Nice to the sheriff’s office has family men/women. Sounds like more action off the field then on it.

  • Why did the sports fans expect the off duty police officers to intervene? What in the term “off duty” do they not understand? The officers were technically civilians with a concealed carry permit. The fans didn’t have to ruin the officers’ time off. So what if there was a drunken person in the crowd. People live here for exactly that reason. We don’t live in the city!

    • Curly, probably because the people asked the off duty cops to get involved. did you read the part where it said, the people recognized the off duty to be the police.

      • I did read it.
        It was plain to me that people should have not expected the off duty PO to get involved.
        Let them enjoy their time off.
        Do you expect free medical advice from a doctor when you go to a party?
        Do you expect a plumber who is visiting you house to fix your sink?
        If it was not life threatening, let the drunk make some noise.
        Do you expect an off duty PO to get involved because someone parks their car like a jack ass?
        The lady wasn’t even breaking anything.
        So now these PO will have to decide where they spend their off duty time so they can get some piece and quiet and not be expected to intervene in every incident, ridiculous.
        It’s like a neighbor kid on the block saying to some other kid “my dad can beat up your dad.” Then dad comes home from a hard days work and notices the neighbor seems to have a grudge.
        Damn, just let people have tome off without expectations!

  • Police officers are never “off duty”.

  • janice bucknavage

    just want to say that this is a REMARKABLE YOUNG WOMAN who, unfortunately, has ISSUES W/ ALCOHOL. I had a brief time being her ‘boss’ this summer, and she was a remarkable gal who was always paying attn and stepping forward to do the most AT VERY CRITICAL MOMENTS..she’s a team player. Please, people, help those you know – or yourself – to take much care w/ this remarkably destructive drug: alcohol.

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