Tuesday, March 21, 2023

[UPDATES] Pedestrian Yells ‘Slow Down’ at Vehicle Speeding Around Ukiah’s Todd Grove Park—Driver Then Pulls Firearm

[Stock image by Matt LaFever]

Scanner traffic indicates that around 8:15 p.m., a man was reportedly walking around Ukiah’s Todd Grove park when a dark gray vehicle sped past him. The pedestrian yelled at the vehicle to slow down. The driver then pulled a firearm on a pedestrian for this perceived offense and drove away.

Ukiah Police Department officers were dispatched to the park searching for the vehicle, reportedly driven by a Hispanic or Indian male adult.

Ukiah Police are currently combing the neighborhoods around Todd Grove Park and the rest of Ukiah’s Westside for any sign of the suspect.

UPDATE 9:01 p.m: Ukiah Police Department officers have encountered multiple vehicles that appeared similar to the vehicle associated with the brandishing incident, but as of this update have yet to locate the specific vehicle or driver.

UPDATE 9:15 p.m.: A Be On the Lookout has been issued across the county as a result of this incident. Law enforcement was told by dispatch an officer safety flag was associated with a Hispanic male adult with facial hear, wearing a black hat and black hoodie, who was the reporter driver of a dark gray, four-door Dodge Charger. The suspect is reportedly armed with a black firearm.

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.



  1. I have completely had it with people driving way too fast on our neighborhood streets, their complete lack of civility and pulling a gun! WTF. I’ve also had it with city officials who do NOTHING to curb this activity (speeding). I’m not talking about bad guys in fast cars only. Every day I experience regular folks of all ages going 40+ in 25mph zones in neighborhoods. It’s only a matter of time before a pedestrian is killed or a headon occurs within a neighborhood. Where are the city police? Where are the speeding tickets? Where is the enforcement of the laws on the books? Why do we even pay taxes when the most simple of things are not dealt with to keep us safe? Try to cross a street, in a cross walk, drivers look at you and speed through or they don’t even look at you because as they pass you can see them looking at their phones. WTF. HEY Chief of police, get your guys on this problem pronto!!! And yes I’ve written city council, got me a big fat zero response. DO SOMETHING NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I agree. It can be anyone speeding, even the most “respectable” people forget they are in a metal box while the people and animals are on the ground without protection, just trying to get where they are going. We see animals hit by cars on our road, and the drivers who hit them don’t even stop to pick them up off the road, too big of a hurry to get … somewhere.
      Speeding tickets are the answer, make it hurt financially and legally and people will be more careful. And I agree that taxpayers are not getting their money’s worth from highway patrol or the police. I cringe when I see people trying to walk their dog, jog, or just take a walk, being crowded by drivers in cars, suv’s and trucks in such a big hurry they can’t use common courtesy to slow down and respect life. You can speed when you’re on the freeway, but otherwise slow down and take it easy.

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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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