Friday, December 1, 2023

Last Night’s High-Speed Chase Suspect Fled Humboldt Law Enforcement in 2018 for Accusations of Attempted Murder in Tennessee

Cortez Lamont Little [Booking log photo from his 2018 arrest in Humboldt County]

31-year-old Arcata man Cortez Lamont Little is proving to be a prolific, wannabe getaway artist now arrested for both last night’s high-speed pursuit that spanned Mendocino and Lake Counties and fleeing Humboldt County law enforcement in April 2018.

Almost four years ago, Cortez Little fled Humboldt County law enforcement at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour flying southbound on Highway 101. 

Law enforcement at the Honeydew bridge where the suspect was stopped. [Photo from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department]

Police in Humboldt County had learned via a tipster that Little was wanted in Tennesse for attempted murder. Fortuna Police attempted to serve the attempted murder warrant on the afternoon of April 4, 2018, when he fled in a rented Jeep Compass. 

That pursuit ended when a Honeydew resident named Sissy Honey Darling pulled her PT Cruiser to the entrance of a one-lane bridge on Mattole Road LIttle was gunning towards. That day’s pursuit ended when Little found the PT Cruiser impeding his path and was subsequently arrested by law enforcement.

In November 2016, Cortez Little and another reportedly abducted another man from a gas station. The trio fled the gas station in the victim’s car driving to a wooded area where the “victim says that he believed he was to be executed”, as described by U.S. Marshal Robin Romaniuk. This man reportedly got away from Little and his accomplice and as he fled “LIttle told his accomplice to shoot the victim.”

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After his arrest in Humboldt County in 2018, Little pled guilty in a Eureka courtroom to one county of felony evasion before agreeing to be extradited back to Tennesse to face the attempted murder charges. He agreed that day that if he was exonerated on those charges, he would return to California to serve a minimum of 16 months to five years of probation, which he was granted because he had no previous felony convictions in California.

Later his sentence for his 2018 pursuit was adjusted to a 120-day jail sentence and three years formal probation, according to a post in John Chiv’s news blog.

At this point, it is unclear what came of the attempted murder charges from Tennesse. There is no documentation of Little’s official extradition to Tennessee nor indication of being convicted or acquitted for the charges.

Needless to say, Little is still in the Emerald Triangle up to his old tricks. Last night, driving a black Corvette, Little led Mendocino and Lake County law enforcement on a roundabout high-speed pursuit ranging from Northern Mendocino County to the Ukiah Valley to the shores of Clear Lake speeding in excess of 120 miles per hour and recklessly dodging traffic, passing on shoulders, and cross yellow lines. 

Information regarding Little’s arrest in this morning’s Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs

31-year-old Arcata man Cortez Lamont Little was booked into the Mendocino County jail last night around 11:30 p.m. on two charges of felony evading a peace officer: reckless driving.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
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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