The following is a press release issued by 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 06/02/22 at approximately 11:00 P.M., Deputies were on patrol in the area of Highway 20 and Road A in Redwood Valley, CA. During this time, a Deputy observed a black Dodge Charger being driven by Ashley Lenhart. The Deputy was familiar with Lenhart and knew her to be wanted on multiple misdemeanor arrest warrants, plus her license was suspended and revoked.
The Deputy also observed numerous vehicle code violations on the vehicle, so a traffic enforcement stop was conducted. The Deputy contacted Lenhart and her two male passengers, who were identified as 23 year-old Jermaine Watson from Clearlake Oaks, CA and 22 year-old William Hutton from Clearlake, CA.
Lenhart gave the Deputy consent to search her vehicle so she and the two male passengers were removed to conduct the search. It was during this time that Watson admitted he had a firearm in his pocket. Watson was detained in handcuffs and the firearm was removed from his pocket without incident.
At the conclusion of the traffic stop, Lenhart and Watson were both arrested. Lenhart was arrested for her five misdemeanor warrants and for driving on a suspended license. Watson was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm on his person in a public place and for carrying a loaded handgun for which he was not the registered owner. Hutton was released at the scene without charges.
Lenhart and Watson were transported to the Mendocino County Jail where Lenhart was held in lieu of $28,500 bail and Watson was held in lieu of $15,000 bail.