The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 02/02/2022 at approximately 7:00 AM, a UPD dispatched received a call reporting a vehicle had just been stolen from in front of a residence in the 500 block of Marleen Street. The reporting party/owner of the vehicle advised the vehicle had been left running, in order to warm up, in front of the home. The caller provided a description of the vehicle and its last known direction of travel.
UPD officers responded and began searching the area in an attempt to locate the vehicle. Within 10 minutes of receiving the call, a UPD Detective located the vehicle traveling southbound on Old River Road, near Hopland. The driver of the vehicle changed directions and began traveling northbound on Old River Road, at a high rate of speed. Due to the Detective being in an unmarked vehicle, he maintained sight of the vehicle and provided updated information to other UPD Officers regarding the vehicle’s location. While marked UPD units were responding to the area of Old River Road, the driver of the vehicle abruptly turned into a driveway, within the 11000 block of Old River Road, and stopped the vehicle. A high-risk (Felony) stop was performed and the driver was detained without further incident.
The driver was identified as Bailey F. Blunt. A search of her person resulted in the discovery of suspected methamphetamine and a methamphetamine pipe. She was found to be on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for a prior violation of 10851(a) CVC. Additionally, she was found to have three local Felony warrants for her arrest. Terms of her PRCS included “obey all laws”. She was arrested for 10851(a) CVC- Vehicle theft, 496d PC – Possession of a stolen vehicle, 3455 PC- Violation of PRCS terms, 11377 HS – Possession of a controlled substance, 11364(a) HS- Possession of paraphernalia and the three Felony warrants. She was subsequently transported to the MCSO Jail for booking. The owner of the stolen vehicle came to scene and took custody of the vehicle. Blunt was not known to the victim.
UPD would like to remind everyone that during this cold weather it is not uncommon for suspects to look for vehicles that are left unattended and running. This presents an opportunity for suspects to commit vehicle thefts. Please exercise vigilance and safety measures to avoid falling victim to opportunist criminals.