Friday, March 31, 2023

Saturday Night’s Police Pursuit Began with Traffic Violation and Ended with a Foot Chase, Says CHP


The following is a press release issued by the California Highway Patrol. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Dustin Blakesly [Mugshot from the MCSO Booking Logs]

On 12/18/2021 at approximately 2359 hours, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. The suspect vehicle (S/V) failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. The S/V traveled onto southbound US-101 and MCSO requested California Highway Patrol (CHP) assistance, CHP assumed the pursuit on US-101 at SR-175. CHP pursued the S/V from SR-175 onto county roads and eventually onto surface streets within the City of Ukiah. The S/V traveled to Gobbi St., made a right turn and swerved into the oncoming lane where it collided with a vehicle leaving the Safeway parking lot. The driver of the S/V (Blakesly), attempted to flee on foot and was apprehended by the CHP. The driver and passenger of the victim vehicle (names withheld) were transported to Adventist Health Ukialı Valley for minor to moderate injuries, After being medically cleared, Blakesly was booked into custody on the above listed charges. Any questions in regards to this incident may be directed to the Ukiah CHP Office at (707) 467-4420. 

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  1. Does anyone else notice an apparent absense of concern for public safety during the recent police chases through the streets of Ukiah? There seems to be no hesitation by authorities to peruse these people through populated areas and residential streets and we seem to have every police vehicle competing for a piece of the action more than they are aiming to protect innocent citezens.. and the suspects are never identified as being at large or dangerous other than the fact they are evading arrest.. is it worth the lives of innocent people to take a run at these speeds just to go after some guy who stole his girlfriend’s car?

    • So thankful the Police caught another bad guy. It’s amazing how people justify criminals actions but the Police are guilty for trying to apprehend a criminal. Maybe we should judge the criminals first and actually sentence them properly but oh wait, it’s California, we don’t do that here.

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