Police Credit Community For Help In Getting Drug Dealer Off Streets

Police Credit Community For Help In Getting Drug Dealer Off Streets

Multiple Agencies Responded

SEASIDE— Police have arrested 35-year old Seaside resident Calvin Dowdle after he tied to get away from the scene of a shooting on Palm Avenue in Seaside on Sunday afternoon.

Seaside police responded to a call of a shooting that had occurred on 1000 block of Palm Avenue. The caller was able to give a good description of both the suspect and his vehicle to police. Officers immediately alerted surrounding agencies.

Calvin Dowdle booking photo

Calvin Dowdle booking photo

A Sand City Police Officer spotted the vehicle attempting to leave the area using Highway 1 and Canyon Del Rey Boulevard.  After seeing the police, the suspect proceeded along Highway 1 into Monterey in a low-speed pursuit.

The pursuit included agencies from Sand City Police Department, Seaside Police Department, and Deputies from the Monterey County Sheriff’s office. Authorities used a “Precision Immobilization Technique” (PIT) maneuver to force the suspect’s vehicle to stop.

A high-risk stop was conducted, and Dowdle was arrested and taken into custody without further incident. In a check of his person, officers found that he was carrying a loaded handgun. They also found that his car contained two more loaded handguns, and a loaded shotgun.

The shotgun has been identified as being the weapon used in the shooting on Palm Avenue. Officers also located drugs packaged for distribution, which included heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. The shooting appears to be drug related and does not have any known connection to gangs. Dowdle was transported to Monterey County Jail and charged with attempted murder. Additional charges are pending.

Dowdle has a history on drug and weapon offenses, according to available arrest records. Between 2005 and 2010, he was charged several times with possession, transportation, and sales of controlled substances or marijuana, and a charge of evading police with wanton disregard for public safety. In April of 2011 he was charged with possession a loaded, concealed firearm as a prohibited felon, and on a college campus. He had been stopped by deputies with two other men at Homestead and Central, at the Hartnell College campus in Salinas.

UPDATE 6/04/15: District Attorney Dean Flippo announced today that Calvin Carnell Dowdle pleaded guilty to the charges of assault with a deadly weapon, shooting into an inhabited dwelling, three counts of transporting narcotics for sale while armed with three additional loaded firearms, and with an enhancement for doing all this after having served a prior prison term. Sentencing is scheduled for August 5, and he is due to receive 24 years, 8 months.

Police Credit Community For Help In Getting Drug Dealer Off Streets was last modified: June 4th, 2015 by admin
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Dan Miranda is a Journalist, Photographer and Sports Writer for the San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Monterey area. He can be reached at dmiranda@unitedreporting.com