The following is a press release issued by the Willits Police Department. This has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On Wednesday, 09-27-23, at about 6:40 pm, an off-duty Willits Police Officer saw an obviously recently vandalized truck in the parking lot of a market at 180 North Main Street in Willits. Witnesses told the officer that they saw a man and woman in a heated argument around the vehicle just prior to his arrival, although the two were no longer there.
When an on-duty officer arrived, he was able to identify the involved parties but did not locate them anywhere in the vicinity.
At about 9:44 pm, 911 callers reported a truck had struck a fire hydrant on Bittenbender Lane, next to the same market as the earlier incident.
The officer arrived to discover the hydrant was sheared off at the base and water was forcefully spraying from the sheared hydrant in a geyser, with the previously damaged truck parked near it.
After contacting the female driver of the truck, the officer determined she caused the collision when she attempted to use the vehicle to hit the male from the earlier incident.
After an investigation, the officer arrested 43 year old Willits resident Renee Dominga Leggett for violations of PC 245(A)(1) – Assault With A Deadly Weapon; and CVC 23152(A) – Driving Under The Influence.