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Colusa County Man Flees After Traffic Stop and Attempts to Hide by Leaping into the Noyo River


This following is a press release from the Fort Bragg Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Travis Weatherly [Mugshot provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On August 2, 2021 at approximately 4:16 p.m., Officers of the Fort Bragg Police Department conducted a traffic enforcement stop for numerous traffic code violations, on a silver Chevrolet Malibu in the 32000 block of N. Harbor Drive. Officers contacted the driver who provided false identification to the officer. While attempting to ascertain the drivers true identity, he fled from the vehicle on foot towards the Noyo Harbor Inn, leading officers on a brief foot pursuit.

During the pursuit, the subject leapt into the Noyo River hiding himself in the bushes along the shoreline. A perimeter was established with assistance from the Mendocino County Sherriff’s Office, Mendocino County Probation, State Parks, and the Department of Fish and Game. The perimeter was maintained while the Department of Fish and Game utilized their patrol boat to perform a search of the west bank of the Noyo River. Shortly after, Officers located the suspect hiding in the brush after pulling himself out of the river. The subject was taken into custody without any further incident.

Upon his arrest, the subject was positively identified as Travis Weatherly of Fort Bragg. Weatherly was determined to have multiple warrants for violation of probation and felony evasion of police officers from Colusa County, a revoked drivers license and did not have an interlock device as required by his terms of his probation. Weatherly was arrested and charged for providing false identification to officers, obstructing officers during their course of duty, violation of probation, driving on a suspended license, and driving without an interlock device as required as well as his warrants.

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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 matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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