Stolen Vehicle Recovered and Driver Arrested

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

Donald Lee Bardwell Jr.,On July 14, 2018, at about 12:22 a.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol in the Blue Lake area observed a vehicle, reported stolen out of Eureka on July 10, traveling west on Highway 299. The deputy then observed the vehicle merge onto Highway 101 southbound. As the vehicle approached the City of Arcata, the deputy requested the assistance of the California Highway Patrol and the Arcata Police Department.

The deputy conducted a felony traffic stop on the vehicle near the 2200 block of Baldwin Street in Arcata. The driver, 39-year-old Donald Lee Bardwell Jr., was arrested without incident. A passenger of the vehicle was released at the scene.

Bardwell Jr. was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and driving without a license.

Anyone with information about 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.



  • He looks strung out to me .

  • Not only Strung out, But he will be OUT, Soon to do it again.

  • Do we really have to presume this guy innocent? It’s just too hard😊✌🚗

  • There were two times that I was incarcerated at the Humboldt County Detention Facility that this man was a fellow Patron. This man was part of the very small percent of people who were actually guilty in the facility. Not only did he proudly speak and brag about his crimes he was caught for but also many crimes that he has gotten away with! He told stories that sickened even the most hardened criminals around. He spoke of his morally absent actions of sexual depravity that showed his complete hatred of human life. He is honestly one of the top five reasons I do everything everyday in my power to avoid being incarcerated! He should be chased from anywhere and every town and be allowed nowhere [edit]

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