Friday, December 1, 2023

27-Year-Old Woman Leads Police on Vehicle Pursuit in Ukiah

The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Marissa Diaz [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On 04/08/2023 at approximately 1:14 AM, a UPD officer was patrolling the 1000 block of W. Perkins  Street when the officer observed a white Honda Accord, traveling in front of the officer. Records check on the vehicle indicated the vehicle’s registration was expired as of two years ago. The officer noticed the vehicle displayed a registration tab for this year (2023), leading the officer to believe the registration tab was fraudulent. The officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle and the vehicle accelerated. The vehicle appeared to be trying to evade the officer and a vehicle pursuit was initiated. 

The driver of the Honda traveled eastbound across town at speeds as high as 70 mph with a disregard for traffic control devices and the public. The vehicle was traveling northbound on N. Orchard Avenue at its intersection with Brush Street when the vehicle collided with a cement curb. The vehicle remained in contact with the curb for approximately 100 yards and led to extensive damage to the vehicle. A high-risk traffic enforcement stop was conducted due to the nature of the crime, and the driver of the vehicle was detained. The driver was identified as Marissa Diaz. Diaz displayed objective signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication. A records check was conducted for Diaz, and it was determined her driver’s license was suspended/revoked, she was on probation, and she had a misdemeanor warrant for her arrest for a violation of her probation.  

Diaz was placed under arrest for the following: Recklessly evading police officers, displaying false registration tabs, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended/revoked driver’s license, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, violation of probation and for her warrant. Diaz was transported to the MCSO Jail after a brief medical clearance at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley. 

As always, our mission at UPD is to make Ukiah as safe a place as possible. If you would like to know  more about crime in your neighborhood, you can sign up for telephone, cellphone, and email notifications by  clicking the Nixle button on our website; www.ukiahpolice.com  

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  1. Thank God police are keeping everyone safe. If they are in a blue state and DAs were giving campaign funds from Soros she will not get help. Harris was paying bonds with BLM donations, hopefully the woman arrested will have to pay her bond.

  2. There was no indication in that report why the officer was curious enough about the car and its driver to make him check on the validity of the car’s registration in the first place. Was she speeding? Driving erratically? Or was it something else? If she gets a lawyer, those are the questions he will be asking.

    • Maybe, the car resembled a spaceship from Uranus (registrations aren’t required in the space time continuum) although that was not in the report, that in itself would make anyone curious, it is common knowledge that Earth cops hate beings from Uranus with fraudulent space tags! Lawer’s from Uranus could probably get her off, because everyone knows Uranians are excluded from valid Earth
      laws. Was she drinking Romulan ale? making unsafe lane changes between asteroids? Traveling at unsafe light speed? was the police officer unlawfully using his cloaking device? Or was it something else? If she gets a lawyer, these are the questions any lawyer from Uranus would ask. Earth cops should just eat donuts and flash the peace sign and let everyone do whatever they want, whenever they want, and whatever makes them happy, all the time!

    • An officer does not have to have probable cause to check DMV database to get info on a vehicle. Once he found out the registration was expired he had the right to pull her over.

  3. There is nothing in the report that indicates why the officer checked the registration of the car in the first place, i.e., was she speeding or driving erratically? Or was it something else that led to the driver’s subsequent behavior? Those are questions her lawyers will be asking.

    • Cops have license plate recognition constantly scanning plates for stolen or unregistered vehicles. Makes it very easy to find the criminals.

    • Wrong! Plates were ran as cops do when they’re behind you. Check showed vehicle had not been reg’d but she had a valid sticker…hmm…suspicious enough for you arm chair attorney?

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