Redway Man Charged With DUI, Child Endangerment, Assault, Domestic Violence, and Taking a Cell Phone While a Minor Called 911
On Monday at approximately 1:10 a.m., an operator with the 911 system received a call from a juvenile subject reporting a possible intoxicated driver. The alleged driver, Thomas Vernon Harwood, age 44, of Redway was subsequently arrested.
Officers were dispatched when the call was interrupted. The alleged vehicle was parked on Old Briceland Road about two miles from the airport. Officer William Wunderlich, a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol Garberville office, explained, There were a total of four people in the vehicle–The arrestee, one other adult, and two children. The officers believe that one of the children was prevented from making a call. Officer Wunderlich said, “At one point, the phone was taken away from the child and thrown into the bushes…Mr. Harwood struck the other adult. All the passengers in the vehicle were physically assaulted.”
According to Officer Wunderlich, officers conducted a DUI investigation on Harwood who was arrested by the California Highway Patrol at 2:45 a.m Monday. In addition to a felony DUI over .08, Mr. Harwood was charged with another DUI, child endangerment, assault, domestic violence, and taking someone’s cell phone and preventing them from calling 911.
Harwood bailed out of jail later Monday morning.