Santa Rosa man arrested twice in same day on weapon, narcotics charges
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A Santa Rosa man was recently arrested twice in the same day in narcotics and weapon charges, according to police.
In the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 1, an officer tried to pull over 40-year-old Dominic Maurice Wattles in the area of Dutton Avenue and the Santa Rosa Creek. Wattles reportedly fled from the scene, at one point swerving into oncoming traffic before pulling over at the shoulder and abandoning the vehicle on foot.
The officer chased Wattles to a dark cul-de-sac and tackled him, causing a loaded .40 caliber handgun he’d allegedly been carrying — which police later discovered had had the serial number filed off — to fly from his hand.
After taking him into custody, officers searched him and his belongings and discovered a fixed-edge knife and multiple suspected narcotics believed to be heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine. Wattles was later booked at the Sonoma County Jail on $40,000 bond, which he soon posted.
Following the arrest, police continued to investigate Wattles’ potential connections to local and regional drug trafficking, securing and serving a search warrant at his home on Cooper Drive in Santa Rosa. Wattles, who was home at the time, was immediately detained and arrested again after officers found more ammunition and suspected methamphetamine.
Wattles was again booked at the Sonoma County Jail, this time on $20,000 bond.