Two Arrested Sleeping in Stolen Car, One Arrested Running to the Courthouse
SANTA ROSA – The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) had two interesting arrests early Wednesday August 5th. According to two Community Bulletins issued by the department, the first of the two unusual apprehensions occurred before 8:30 am when deputies were dispatched to the Graton Resort Casino. Casino personnel provided the license plate number of a silver Toyota Camry that was in the lot with two subjects asleep inside. A records check revealed that the car had just been stolen out of Rohnert Park on Tuesday.
SCSO deputies responded along with a Rohnert Park Public Safety officer and arrested both suspects. They were identified as Armando Lopez, a 29-year-old transient from Santa Rosa and 21-year-old Filemon Vazquez-Montoya, also a transient from Santa Rosa.
Lopez was charged with possession of stolen property possession of burglary tools, and an outstanding traffic warrant. Montoya was charged with possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and an outstanding methamphetamine warrant. The officers found several vehicle keys and items related to vehicle thefts. Both were booked into the Sonoma County Jail. The bail was set at $5,000 for Lopez and $12,500 for Vazquez-Montoya.
The second interesting arrest occurred about 2 hours later, just before 10:30 am, when SCSO deputies on duty at the Sonoma County Hall of Justice responded to a vehicle crash that occurred on nearby Highway 101. Witnesses told deputies that a woman had fled the scene of the accident on foot and was seen jumping a fence and running towards the courthouse.
A deputy located her and pursued her on foot, catching up to her near Paulin Drive. She was identified as Chelsey Coleen Westover, a 24-year-old woman from Provo Utah, but living currently in Vallejo. A records check revealed that she had an outstanding no-bail drug arrest warrant out of Utah, along with trespassing and shoplifting warrants. She was arrested on the warrants but a subsequent search of her person by a female deputy revealed that she was carrying ¾ of an ounce of suspected methamphetamine in her underwear.
Westover was booked into the Sonoma County Jail for the outstanding warrant, possession of methamphetamine and evading arrest.