The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 10-11-2021 at about 10:00 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was advised Round Valley Tribal Police had observed a subject, wanted on a felony warrant, driving a silver vehicle in Covelo, California.
They had attempted to stop the person, identified as Curtis Bettega, who failed to stop and fled at a high rate of speed in the vehicle.
Tribal Police followed the vehicle as it went northbound on Mina Road but had lost sight of the vehicle. They located the vehicle abandoned in a ditch on Hulls Valley Road with the engine still running. They then contacted the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s Deputies began responding and prior to arriving, Tribal Police advised they had located Curtis Bettega hiding near the vehicle. They detained Bettega until Sheriff’s Deputies arrived.
Sheriff’s Deputies arrived and found the vehicle, a silver Dodge sedan had been stolen from a residence in Ukiah, California. The Dodge was displaying plates which belonged on a Chevrolet Camaro.
In the back seat, in plain view, was a load rifle with a detachable 40 round magazine. The rifle also had other characteristics classifying it as an assault weapon. Also in the vehicle, Deputies located various caliber live ammunition.
On Bettega’s person and in the vehicle, they located at total of 24.9 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Bettega further had the key to the stolen vehicle on his person.
Sheriff’s Office Dispatch confirmed Bettega was prohibited from owning, or possessing firearms or ammunition. Bettega’s felony arrest warrant was also for possession of a stolen vehicle, and he had been released on bail from a prior case.
Bettega was arrested for the felony warrant, possession of a stolen vehicle (496(D) PC), possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person (29800(A)(1) PC & 30305(A)(1) PC), possession of an assault weapon (30605(A) PC), possession of controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm (11370.1 HS), and committing a crime while on bail (12022.1 PC).
Bettega was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $113,500.00 bail.