Travelers’ GPS Gets Them Stuck in Snow and Mud; Deputy Rescues Them

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

Humboldt County Sheriff badgeOn Friday March 10, 2017 at about 8:43pm the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a 911 call from a female subject. The female caller stated she and three other females were traveling in their Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle on a rural road following the directions provided by their G.P.S. when they became stuck in the snow and mud. The females reported they were walking away from their vehicle. The females were instructed to return and stay with their vehicle.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center was able to determine a G.P.S. location of the subjects with the assistance of the female subject’s cell phone provider. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division was notified. A Special Services Deputy and a Posse member responded in a four wheel drive and located the females safe and sound in the Stapp Road and Rattlesnake Ridge Road area. The Deputy was able to free the females’ vehicle from the mud allowing them to drive out on their own.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind people to know their route prior to departure and tell someone of their intended route. Bring plenty of warm clothing, water and some food in case you are stuck due to adverse weather and road conditions. If you do find your vehicle is stuck or disabled, stay with your vehicle unless all other options are exhausted as vehicles are easier to locate than people.< 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.



  • Gps programs are notorious for sending one off on oddball routes. Glad they stuck with their vehicle & were found ok.

  • Wow… maybe they shouldn’t be using a GPS system? You can’t just follow those things blindly, you still need to pay attention to road conditions. Also you should thoroughly check ALL routes before setting off on your journey and choose the best route for your vehicle and or situation.

  • The map is not the territory…

    • Indeed!

      Reminds me of a wrong turn I made in a right ride near the old Caprini Greens of Chiraq.

      Just cause there’s a road don’t mean you wanna take it!

  • i guess we are not considered important enough to have the many errors in the GPS maps corrected.
    Maybe they can sue their asses and have it corrected.

  • I bet the sheriff who responded was happy as could be responding to that call. saying “this is why I signed up!”

    • I’d hope so Joe. I was actually gonna say GO COPS!! and leave it at that. “Protection and Service.” Now even though often written in quotes I do think this very much fits.

      You think he was disappointed in the lack of arrests he could make or money to seize or people of color beat on? No picture of a twenty dollar bag of ice? Poor guy..

      What do you think he signed up for? Sounds like he did a great job. GO COPS!!

      Many, probably a majority, (I’d love to research this) of real crimes (assaults, home invasions, rapes, child abuse) which require expensive competent retroactive investigation and an equally competent team of investigators (read: well salaried for their talent + OT) are shelved, dropped to lesser crimes, pleaded out or stay open forever.

  • GPS,doesn’t know about our roads. Like the mountain roads,or how narrow 36 is etc:I’d trust them on freeways or city roads so far no problems.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *