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 01-16-2022 at approximately 9:34 P.M., Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were patrolling the area of South State Street (Ukiah, California) when they observed a person, subsequently identified as Paul Nelson, riding a bicycle.
The bicycle was not equipped with a forward facing light or reflectors on the rear of the bicycle. The Deputies activated their overhead lighting in an attempt to stop Nelson. Nelson refused to stop and continued to gain speed.
Nelson pulled off of the road and continued his attempt to evade the Deputies. Nelson traversed a trail to the Mulberry Street area where California Highway Patrol Officers were waiting for him.
Nelson was detained and a records check revealed that there was an outstanding Mendocino County felony warrant for his arrest. The Deputies also learned Nelson was on formal probation with terms to include “Obey all laws”. Due to the fact that Nelson attempted to intentionally evade the Deputies, he violated the terms of his probation.
Nelson was arrested for the Mendocino County Felony Arrest Warrant, 1203.2 PC (Felony Violation of Probation) and 148 PC (Misdemeanor Resist, Delay or Obstruct Public Officer).
Nelson was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held on a No Bail status.