ABOVE: Photo taken during traffic stop (Tuolumne County Sheriff)
JAMESTOWN // A traffic stop turned physical and ended with arrests for drug possession and obstruction on the evening of March 8th.
Deputies stopped a Buick sedan on Wigwam Road after discovering its registration had been suspended and made contact with three occupants, one of whom turned out to be on searchable probation.
The driver, later identified as 43-year-old Eric Neves, was the first person out of the car. When deputies attempted to pat him down, he pulled away and a physical altercation ensued, ultimately ending with Neves in handcuffs. At that point, a knife was found in his pocket.
Neves was arrested and later booked into the Tuolumne County Jail for obstructing and resisting law enforcement, but first had to be medically cleared for minor injuries sustained during the altercation.
One of the passengers, identified as 44-year-old Meri Johnson, was also arrested — for possession of drug paraphernalia.
The third occupant, who was on searchable probation, was released from the scene.