18-Year-Old Arrested for Child Endangerment After High Speed Chase
This is a press release from the Mendocino 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:
On 11-29-2019 at approximately 9:20 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call for service to check the welfare of a juvenile female in the area of Mill Creek Drive and Highway 1 in Fort Bragg, California.
When Deputies arrived in the area, they observed a female who matched the provided description, in the front passenger’s seat of a sedan being driven by Thomas Jordan Jacobs.
Jacobs turned onto Highway 1 and drove south toward Fort Bragg. Deputies were aware that Jacobs was the restrained party in a recently issued court protective order that needed personal service. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle to check on the welfare of the female juvenile and serve Jacobs with the court protective order.
Jacobs failed to yield to the Deputies red lights and sirens and drove south on Highway 1 to the area of Airport Road.
At Airport Road, Jacobs turned around and drove north on Highway 1. Jacobs increased his speed and began driving at speeds in excess of 100 MPH, while passing northbound vehicles in the southbound travel lane. Due to the public safety risk, the vehicle pursuit was terminated and Jacobs continued to drive north on Highway 1.
A short time after the pursuit was terminated, the California Highway Patrol was dispatched to vehicle down a steep embankment in the area of Highway 1 and Abalobadiah Creek.
Deputies responded to the vehicle crash and determined the vehicle was Jacobs’ vehicle that had been pursued earlier. The vehicle was not occupied and none of the occupants were located inside or around the vehicle. Deputies located and collected physical evidence around the crash that was associated with Jacobs.
Deputies identified the two female passengers in Jacobs’ vehicle as a 15 year-old and 17 year-old. Both female juveniles were later located and were uninjured in the crash.
Deputies learned that Jacobs was on pre-trial release for a separate contributing to the delinquency of a minor case that involved one of the female juveniles who was a passenger in his vehicle. Jacobs was found to be in contempt of court [166(a)(4) PC] for associating with that female juvenile.
At around noon, Deputies were continuing follow up on this investigation and located Jacobs at his residence in the City of Fort Bragg.
Deputies established probable cause to arrest Jacobs for the above listed charges. Jacobs was booked into Mendocino County Jail where was to be held in lieu of $35,000.00 bail.