The following is a press released from the Ukiah Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On November 29, 2020 at approximately 02:19 AM, an Officer was on-duty and was driving in the 1000 block of S. State St., when he heard several people yelling near the driveway of a motel. The Officer saw an SUV speeding southbound from the driveway. The Officer quickly learned the vehicle had almost struck the four pedestrians, as it exited the driveway in reverse. The Officer activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights in an attempt to conduct an investigative stop on the SUV. The SUV drove southbound on S. State St., failing to stop at red traffic signals. The SUV turned onto Hastings Rd (eastbound), immediately conducted a U-turn and drove toward the Officer’s patrol vehicle. After a near collision with the patrol vehicle, the SUV drove northbound on S. State St., eastbound on Talmage Rd. at speeds exceeding 65 MPH.
The SUV drove into the parking lot of the AM / PM station, nearly struck two pedestrians who were in the parking lot, and then continued eastbound on Talmage Rd. While driving on Talmage Rd., the SUV drove in the westbound traffic lane. The SUV drove south on Old River Rd. and then eastbound on Mill Creek Drive. The SUV came to an abrupt stop in the 2300 block of Mill Creek Rd. MCSO and CHP arrived to assist.
The driver of the SUV refused to follow lawful commands from Officers and refused to exit the SUV. Officers broke the SUV’s window in order to remove her from the vehicle. Sunee Mitchell was taken into custody without further incident. While interviewing Mitchell, Officers noticed she exhibited signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication. She was found to have a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.
Mitchell was subsequently transported and lodged at the MCSO Jail for the aforementioned violations.
UPD would like to thank MCSO and CHP for their assistance with this case.