Thursday, March 30, 2023

[UPDATE]Mendocino Coast Law Enforcement Detain Hostile Male Driver— Heard Threatening to Kill Children’s Mother— Under the Influence


Law enforcement on the Mendocino County coast have detained a male driver that was reportedly displaying aggressive behavior towards two juveniles in the car with him. A passerby said she overheard the man say he was intoxicated and he was going to kill the mother of his children. The man was then witnessed driving north on State Route 1.

A Be-on-the-Lookout was initially dispatched around 6:55 p.m. A California Highway Patrol officer reportedly located the vehicle driving northbound around mile marker 48. CHP initially asked for back up before attempting to pull over the driver but he yielded and has been detained.

The initial incident reportedly occurred near mile marker 45 of State Route 1 near Dark Gulch north of the Albion River Inn. Initial reports indicate a silver Honda Civic without front or rear plates was stopped in the middle of the roadway and the driver was being aggressive towards two juveniles aged approximately 10 and 13 years old.

UPDATE 7:35 p.m.: Scanner traffic indicates CHP is out with the male driver at the 14000 block of Point Cabrillo Drive. An audible scream could be heard over the scanner as law enforcement attempted to detain the individual who is now handcuffed and in the back of a patrol car.

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
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 if you know a story that needs to be told.

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