The following is a press release from 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 03-11-2022 at 12:09 A.M., Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were leaving the scene of an unrelated investigation when they noticed a vehicle parked in a parking stall of a motel in the 1300 block of North State Street in Ukiah, California.
An adult male, identified as Curtis Bettega, had been contacted driving the vehicle by Deputies a couple of weeks prior. Bettega was now currently wanted on five felony arrest warrants and two misdemeanor arrest warrants issued in Mendocino County.
The Deputies saw an adult female watching them from a nearby upstairs motel room. Being as the vehicle was parked right under this room, they went up and spoke with the adult female about the whereabouts of Bettega.
It was eventually learned that Bettega was in the bathroom of the motel room. Bettega exited the bathroom at the verbal request of the Deputies and was placed under arrest for his warrants.
While walking to the patrol vehicle, the Deputies confirmed the vehicle they had seen parked below the motel room was Bettega’s vehicle. Deputies learned Bettega had been driving the vehicle and the vehicle’s keys were in his backpack in the motel room’s bathroom.
A visual search of the vehicle’s passenger area was conducted from outside the vehicle and a pump action shotgun was seen in the back seat. The keys to the vehicle were retrieved and the unloaded shotgun was removed from the vehicle. Bettega is prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.
Bettega was also placed under arrest for unlawful possession of the firearm and for committing a crime while out on bail. This was in addition to his five felony arrest warrants and two misdemeanor arrest warrants.
Bettega was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $338,000.00 bail.