Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Deputies Investigate ‘Suspicious Vehicle’ in Laytonville—Trio Booked for a Slew of Warrants and Charges

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 6/02/2022 at approximately 09:15 PM, a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol in the Laytonville, CA area. The Deputy observed a suspicious vehicle in the 500 block of Steele Lane and determined the vehicle’s out-of-state registration was expired over 6 months. The Deputy contacted two people in the vehicle, which had stopped in a driveway, and noticed one person walking away.

The vehicle occupants were identified as Chad Mallett (driver), and Marie Manning (rear passenger). Another Deputy contacted Bradley Mallett as he was walking down the roadway from the vehicle. The Deputy noticed drug paraphernalia and marijuana in the vehicle. Chad Mallett further advised he had warrants for his arrest. 

As the Deputy was detaining Chad Mallett, a fixed blade knife dropped from his side and a sheath was later located for the knife. The Deputy further noticed a canister of pepper spray attached to the side of Manning’s purse when he was talking to her. 

Sheriff’s Office Dispatch confirmed Chad Mallett had 3 warrants for his arrest issued in Humboldt County. Sheriff’s Office Dispatch confirmed Manning was found to be prohibited from possessing pepper spray.

Chad Mallett was arrested for the 3 Humboldt County warrants and 21310 PC (Possession of a dirk / dagger). Manning was arrested for 22810 PC (possession of pepper spray by prohibited person). 

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Sheriff’s Office Dispatch confirmed Bradley Mallett was on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) with numerous terms. The Deputy noticed the signs and symptoms of Bradley Mallett being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bradley Mallett was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance (11550(a) HS) and violation of the terms of PRCS (3455 PC). 

All the subjects were transported to the Mendocino County Jail. 

Chad Mallett was to be held in lieu of $35,000.00 bail.
Bradley Mallett was to be held in lieu of no bail due to the PRCS violation. 
Manning was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail. 

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  1. “Watching while a young man goes to jail. Then they put it on TV so we can watch somebody fail.” – Merle Haggard

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