Eureka Folks Arrested Near Laytonville
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 03-16-2017 at approximately 11:00 P.M., a Deputy from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was on uniformed patrol in a marked patrol vehicle near Laytonville, California.
The Deputy observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation and attempted to initiate a traffic enforcement stop on Highway 101 near Branscomb Road in Laytonville.
The vehicle continued driving northbound at approximately 35-40 miles per hour. The Deputy had the emergency lights and siren activated on the patrol vehicle. The vehicle continued traveling northbound on Highway 101 north of Laytonville for approximately 1 mile at slow speeds before stopping.
Deputies ordered the driver and passenger out of the vehicle. The driver was identified as Pia Cheng and the passenger was identified as Alexandria Lozano both being from Eureka, California.
The Deputies were notified by MCSO dispatch that Cheng had an active felony warrant (11378 H&S) for his arrest from Humboldt County. The warrant was confirmed and Cheng was placed under arrest for the warrant.
During this investigation, it was determined that Cheng failed to yield to the emergency lights and siren of the marked patrol vehicle and was driving on a suspended driver’s license.
Deputies located a tool commonly used to commit burglaries in Cheng’s pocket during his arrest. Cheng was also placed under arrest for 2800.1(a) VC [Evading a Peace Officer], 466 PC [Possession of a Burglary Tool], and 14601.1(a) VC [Driving on a Suspended License].
Deputies contacted Lozano and she was exhibiting symptoms of recently using a controlled substance. After multiple tests, the Deputies determined that Lozano was under the influence of a controlled substance and placed her under arrest for 11550(a) HS [Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance].
Cheng was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held on a no-bail status due to his felony warrant from Humboldt County.
Lozano was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where she was held in lieu of $5,000.00 bail.