Photo: Carl Mullins
January 12, 2021 – Ventura County, Ca.
In a world where the standard “retirement age” may continue to inch upward, but where many public sector retirement plans allow distribution of benefits as early as age 55, a 61-year-old man may reasonably be called a “senior citizen.”
But with the advantages of modern health care, being of a certain age no longer consigns one to a life of decrepitude or days spent in a rocking chair. That certainly seems to apply to 61- year-old Simi Valley resident Carl Mullins, who was arrested on the morning of January 9th following a series of events more appropriate for someone half his age.
It all began at approximately 9:30 AM on January 9th when Mullins’ vehicle was observed by a Ventura County Sheriff’s Department patrol unit in the commission of a vehicle code violation.
At that point, a routine traffic stop was attempted. According to VCSD spokesman Sgt. William Hutton, Mullins failed to yield and “refused to pull over,” whereupon a vehicle chase quickly ensued. With Mullins’ vehicle careening eastward and traveling into Los Angeles County, deputies summoned help from local area CHP units. The CHP officers “assumed the pursuit” and brought Mullins’ car to a halt on a neighborhood thoroughfare in the City of Encino.
Contact with Mullins revealed him to be in possession of “approximately 283 grams of methamphetamine, 30 grams of heroin, 663 grams of marijuana,” and a wide array of pharmaceuticals, drug paraphernalia, and “a large sum of cash.” He was all carrying with him a switchblade knife, a stun gun, and a bogus driver’s license.
Following his arrest at the scene, a search of his residence lead to the discovery of additional controlled substances, and a mini-arsenal of illegal firearms. He was transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on no less than 14 separate narcotics, weapons, and vehicular charges. He remains in custody with his bail set at $310,000.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking, VCSD Narcotics Street Team