Stolen car wrecked in Camp Verde
Camp Verde Marshal's deputies recovered a vehicle early Thursday that had been stolen from a Flagstaff home the night before. Police say the 1996 Subaru was wrecked and the suspects had fled before it could be stopped.
A pursuit began when the officer reportedly spotted the vehicle approach the Arizona 260 off-ramp at a high speed and turn onto the state road on two wheels.
The report stated the vehicle then sped southbound to the end of Pueblo Ridge Road and became airborne off the road into a ravine and a group of mesquite trees.
The Subaru suffered significant damage. Inside, the officer found a wallet with credit cards falling from it.
Contacted in Flagstaff, the registered owner advised the Camp Verde officer that she was awakened by Flagstaff Police. They told her she had been burglarized and her vehicle stolen. The case will remain open.
Bumper cars in the snow
The weather this weekend kept some crews busy. Many drivers got into trouble when they were careless on snow and ice, according to rescue agencies.
Sedona Fire spokesman Gary Johnson said, in one case, 15 cars were involved in a fender-bender collision in Oak Creek Canyon. He said, people need to remember to give themselves double or triple the space between cars when there is snow and ice on the pavement.
Camp Verde Fire was called on two accidents. One patient refused treatment after a one-vehicle rollover Saturday afternoon at milepost 283. On Highway 260 two vehicles suffered front-end damage when they crashed in the snow.
Sunday, one vehicle rolled during a collision with a second vehicle just south of the McGuireville Rest Area.
DPS reported over 100 minor accidents or incidents as a result of the weather.
Scott Reed of the Yavapai Sheriff's Office reminds drivers to pay attention to weather warnings and conditions and to slow down and give yourself additional time to reach your destination.
Drugs and children don't mix
A woman was arrested and her infant daughter taken by Child Protective Services (CPS) Friday afternoon when, authorities say, she was found to be driving impaired with her baby in the vehicle.
Julie M. Anderson, of Cornville, was arrested o charges of DUI/drugs, endangerment, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy was assisting CPS with an investigation at Anderson's Cornville home when the 25-year-old woman arrived driving her car. Anderson's 2-month-old daughter was secured in a child restraint seat.
The deputy said reported Anderson showed signs of alcohol and drug impairment and failed several sobriety tests. Anderson admitted to having drunk alcohol earlier in the day and to having smoked methamphetamine and marijuana one week earlier, according to the report. A drug recognition expert determined she was under the influence of a narcotic.
A search of Anderson's jacket allegedly turned up a cigarette box with a marijuana cigarette and three white pills later identified as Vicodin.
Alleged marijuana dealer nabbed in Cornville
Investigators believe that Jay Michael Pearson had drugs for sale when he was arrested in Cornville Saturday.
Sheriff's deputies alleged Pearson, 21, was impaired when he was stopped about 2:30 p.m. The driver allegedly admitted smoking marijuana one day before, but officers say they found a stash of drugs when he was searched.
The officer found $350 in cash and three baggies of marijuana hidden in his waistband. A fourth marijuana baggie and a glass pipe were allegedly found in his shirt pocket. The total weight of the marijuana was 28.6 grams.
The arresting deputy also located a handgun on the passenger seat in Pearson's vehicle, according to the report.
A YCSO Drug Recognition Expert later evaluated Pearson and determined he was impaired while driving.
Pearson was charged with possession of marijuana for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI/drugs, and possession of a weapon during a drug offense.
Imposter arrested on numerous warrants
A driver pulled over in a Camp Verde traffic stop for allegedly speeding was found to have a sea of paperwork seeking his arrest. The subject first identified himself as Alonso Diaz with a Mexican ID card. But it was later determined that card was falsified and his true identity was Ernesto Rivera, 23, of Sedona. During a search, the officer found apparent vegetation that appeared to be marijuana between the seats and a dollar bill with cocaine or methamphetamine in the vehicle.
Rivera was wanted on seven warrants from the Verde Valley Justice Court.
In addition to the warrants, Rivera was charged with forgery, endangerment, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, false reporting to a law enforcement officer and aggravated DUI.
Rivera was also booked on a failure to appear warrant, failure to pay fines warrant, and a warrant was issued under a case number for stalking, sexual abuse, criminal trespass and aggravated a ssault.