Willits Woman Arrested at Ukiah Gas Station for Stealing a Car

The following is a press released issued by 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:

Eryka Smith [Picture from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On February 27, 2021 at approximately 11:59 AM, UPD Dispatch received a report of a possibly intoxicated driver, on Talmage Road. The caller advised they saw several  violations, which caused them to suspect the driver was impaired. Dispatch obtained the  license plate number from the caller and found that it corresponded to a vehicle that had  been reported as stolen to CHP’s Garberville station. The caller advised the vehicle  parked at the fuel pumps at the gas station located at 1099 S. State Street. Officers  responded to the location and once there saw the silver Toyota Corolla was in fact parked  at the fuel pumps. They saw the vehicle was occupied by at least one person.

Due to the inherent dangers of apprehending suspects who are in possession of stolen  vehicles, a high risk or Felony stop was conducted on the vehicle. In these types of stops,  Officers remain in a position of cover (protection) while they give verbal directions to the  occupant(s) of the vehicle to exit and come back to the Officer’s location. The sole  occupant, Eryka Smith complied with verbal directions and was taken into custody  without further incident. 

Officers learned Smith was on Summary Probation from this county and one of the terms  of her probation was “obey all laws”. Smith was arrested for possession of a stolen  vehicle and a violation of her probation terms. She was subsequently booked at the  MCSO Jail. Officers contacted the vehicle’s owner and released the vehicle to them.

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