Perhaps picturing himself as a character in a novel he is writing, a Lower Lake man made all the right moves to attract attention to himself and get pursued and pulled over by a Lake County Sheriff’s patrol deputy, which resulted in an arrest on multiple charges, including a federal warrant.
Last Thursday, March 27 at 12:30 in the afternoon, according to Steve Brooks of the Lake Sheriff’s Department, the deputy was traveling north on Highway 29 past the town of Lower Lake, when he noticed a gray Toyota Tundra pickup a little ways ahead. He saw the truck change lanes, jump on the brakes, and then turn left onto Seigler Canyon without signalling. While the quickness of the turn raised an alarm, it was so abrupt that the Deputy had to continue on Highway 29 without a chance to turn and follow the Toyota, which he assumed, based on its movements, was either lost or trying to evade him.
The Deputy turned around on Highway 29 as soon as it was safe, and then headed down Seigler Canyon. As he was headed south, he saw ahead of him the Toyota turn around at the first chance, where the road widens at the Perini Road turnoff. The deputy followed suit, U-turning at Perini and following the truck back toward Highway 29. As they both headed up the winding road through the hillside forest and fields, the truck crossed the double yellow lines at least three times, and when the brakes were applied, the deputy could also see one brake light was not working.
The deputy stopped the car as they arrived back at Highway 29, and addressed the driver, 43-year-old William Anthony Bond, who resides in Lower Lake. Bond told the deputy that he didn’t have a driver’s license, and that was also on federal probation. Central dispatch found that Bond was not only on probation, but had a warrant out for him on the federal charges. (It is not clear what the federal warrant was issued for.) The deputy advised Bond that he was being detained and arrested for the warrant, and that he would be searching him and the pickup truck.
The deputy noticed an unusual bulge at Bond’s waistband, and as he went to identify it, Bond pulled away. The deputy stopped him, and the object fell to the ground, hitting Bond’s shoe. It was two small plastic bags – a ziplock and a white bag, both with white crystal methamphetamine inside; one gram in the ziplock and one ounce in the white bag, secured with blue tape. The smaller amount would warrant an arrest on possession of narcotics, but the larger bag is evidence of possession for sales, since it is far more than one person would be using. When confronted, Bond said he was in fact delivering the meth to a friend, who was purchasing it for $3,200.00. However, he also claimed he was simply the delivery person, he was not the seller.
William Anthony Bond is also known as Billy Bond – a published author. He has one known book out, and is said to be working on another. His published book is called “Sad But True”; the plot described as “Sebastian Farrar is a successful entrepreneur who seemingly has it all, until the brutal murder of his father, a Marin County, California, Superior Court Judge, propels him into a world of corruption, deceit and betrayal. Soon Sebastian begins to question his own sanity, finding himself a fugitive from the law and falling in love with a woman he’s not sure he can trust. In a violent struggle that spans from Sonoma County, California to the Florida Keys, Sebastian fights to expose the truth and a bizarre conspiracy that could bring the country to its knees.” The novel was published in 2008 by Trafford Publishing – a print on demand bookseller, and is also found on eBay, Amazon, and other on-line booksellers. Only three reviews were posted, all on Amazon and all three gave it 5 stars as a suspenseful page-turner from readers who wanted more from the author.
Bond also posted on his Facebook feed in January 2013 “Hey people….I am looking for everyone to step up and read my books…trust me, you’ll never be disappointed. If there are people on my facebook who’d like to have a career in writing, let me know! I just started Bond Brothers Productions INC. and I am going to be publishing people the bigger publishing houses forget about…I am going to give people a chance to have some success in their lives!
But for now, William “Billy” Anthony Bond has been arrested and booked into Lake County’s Hill Road Correctional Facility, on both his federal warrant, and on charges of possession and transportation of a controlled substance for sale. Perhaps his sentence will be lightened if his next story is told to the District Attorney about where the meth came from and where it was going. Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force is continuing their ongoing efforts to eradicate narcotics from Lake County, and to seize the assets of anyone profiting from drug trafficking in their communities. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the anonymous tip line at 707-263-3663.