Fairfield man arrested in Petaluma after alleged erratic driving, refusal to comply with officers
Above: Items confiscated during Shefrew’s arrest | Petaluma PD
A man who was pulled over in Sonoma County on suspicion of drunk was restrained and arrested after repeatedly reaching for a knife he had in his car, according to Petaluma Police.
In the early morning hours of December 28, police responded to a report of a man who’d been driving erratically and had also been seen allegedly drinking something out of bottle and, after stopping and getting out of his car at one point, visibly staggering around.
Police located the vehicle and pulled over the driver, identified as 24-year-old Nebiyu Shefrew of Fairfield, who allegedly told officers when they asked him to step out, “If you want me out of this car, you’re going to have to kill me.” Police say Shefrew then began reaching for a sheathed knife in the vehicle, at which point officers pulled open the driver’s side door and began efforts to restrain him.
As Shefrew was being removed from the vehicle, officers reportedly noticed a bullet fall out of the vehicle, which led to the discovery of a .40 caliber Glock with a loaded high-capacity magazine. Two glass pipes believed to have been used to smoke methamphetamine were also discovered, police said. Shefrew was ultimately placed in a WRAP device, keeping him safely restrained and preventing him from physically lashing out during his arrest.
Shefrew was ultimately booked on several charges including possession of a loaded firearm, resisting/obstructing a police officer, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.