Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Road Rage Incident Near Leggett Lands Yuba County Felon in County Jail Accused of Brandishing Firearm At Other Driver

Marissa A. Johnson [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

A Marysville woman stands accused of multiple charges including driving under the influence, brandishing a firearm, and carrying a concealed weapon after a traffic collision on July 16 near Leggett resulted in a roadway confrontation originally reported as a woman firing a machine gun.

California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Rick Fowler told us CHP was dispatched to the crash along Highway 101 located near Leggett’s Cal Fire station after 25-year-old Marissa A. Johnson attempted to make an unsafe pass that led to crashing into a truck and trailer.

This collision led to a verbal confrontation, Officer Fowler said, that escalated when Johnson allegedly brandished a firearm. 

Initial reports via scanner traffic indicated a woman was firing a machine gun, but Officer Fowler saw this as demonstrative how initial reports cannot be verified until officers have arrived at the scene and investigate the circumstance.

Officer Fowler said CHP responded to the scene and was able to take Johnson into custody without incident. She was in possession of three semi-automatic pistols, Officer Fowler added.

Johnson was booked into the Mendocino County Jail early the following morning facing three misdemeanors: leaving the scene of an accident, DUI, and brandishing a firearm. She also faces three felonies: carrying a concealed weapon, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

It should be noted records from the Mendocino County Sheriff Booking logs indicate Johnson was released on Monday evening.

This information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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