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Car Theft Suspect Resists Arrest

Tim Vivian tasered, struck with baton

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

A traveler from Sonoma County who allegedly lifted his ride without permission was spotted after causing a disturbance last night and eventually arrested after a high speed chase and subsequent violent altercation with police.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a disturbing the peace call at about 11 p.m. Monday and responded to the Phillipsville Trailer Park, where they found loud music coming from a 2003 blue Dodge pickup truck parked nearby. As the deputies parked, the idling truck drove off, and eventually went southbound on the Avenue of the Giants (State Route 254), during which time it entered the northbound traffic lane. The deputies began to conduct a traffic stop, but as the truck pulled off to the side of the highway and the cops exited their vehicle, the suspect suddenly sped away southwards at a high rate of speed.

Now informed by dispatch that the truck was reported stolen from Santa Rosa, the deputies pursued the truck, which had now proceeded northbound on Highway 101. The suspect allegedly crossed the double yellow line at various times while leading deputies on a chase which reached 100 miles per hour. As the truck reached the Salmon Creek exit, it took the turn off too fast and failed to negotiate the corner, running into the embankment.

At this point the driver jumped out of the truck and fled on foot with an object in his hand while the truck was still rolling. Chasing the suspect through the brush, the cops ordered him to leave the brush, show his hands and drop to the ground. The man instead came towards the deputies, who then used a taser against him, causing him to fall to the dirt. According to a statement by lieutenant Steve Knight today, the grounded suspect continued to fight and violently resist the deputies, to which the cops responded by “utilizing their baton on the suspect” until he was handcuffed.

Upon the suspect’s arrest, the stolen truck was searched; four large ziplocked bags of processed marijuana were found, along with a six-inch long knife. Identified as 44-year-old Timothy Vivian of Rohnert Park, an active parolee, the suspect allegedly told deputies he was trying to “train them” by evading and resisting them. He was taken to a local hospital and medically cleared before being booked into county jail on charges of felony evasion, resisting arrest, driving under the influence, possessing stolen property, violating parole and transporting marijuana.

Due to his parole status, he is being held at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility without bail.

5 Responses to “Car Theft Suspect Resists Arrest”

  1. skippy says:

    Crime never sleeps.

    With this pursuit and arrest on Monday, a bloody shooting on Tuesday, and the early Sunday infamous Loleta bro-brawl involving 30 fighting individuals and 7 stabbing victims, the HCSO has been pretty busy as of late.

    I hope they can find some time for some R&R and peaceful shut-eye.

    • Jake says:

      Skippy, The HCSO will not get much rest for a while, it will only get worse. There are oodles of parolees running the streets with no lucrative way to make money, little to no supervision, and nobody who will hire them or give them the time of day due to their criminal record.
      They can make more money dealing meth, stealing cars, or growing weed than working for the man and paying b.s. taxes. Plus, they can still qualify for food stamps, Medi-cal, and SSI ( due to their drug addiction) all while working their own hours at their own schedule.
      The government and criminal justice system have failed. Incarceration has obviously been proven ineffective. It does nothing to get to the root of the problem, just postpones it. Now, apparently the taxpaying citizens haven’t given enough of their money away to the government to protect their very communities from these dirtbags i.e. non-revocable parole, citing and releasing fresh felonies, overcrowding releases, prison terms only for violent felonies, revolving door, revolving door.
      Anyway, expect to see much more and daily.

  2. skippy says:

    Jake, that’s a pretty cogent take on your part. You had to let the cat out of the bag, didn’t you? I suspect you know too much.

    Here’s a little something for readers:

    Mr. Vivian, the bad dude pictured above, has a long and colorful history of felony arrests and prison time landing him on parole in Sonoma County where he and his family reside.

    He was previously arrested in Humboldt County for a parole violation and driving on a suspended/revoked license due to alcohol/drugs on May 1, 2012, and lodged in the jail on a parole hold per his agent.

    He was recently let out of the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on a “parole overcrowding release” on June 16. Curiously enough, he wasn’t released to his parole agent for oversight, management, or even transported back to Sonoma County as one might think would occur.

    Instead, Mr. Vivian was released “to the custody of himself,” kicked out the jail’s front door on Saturday night at 9 p.m. and left alone to his own devices last week. Given his prior behavior, what did we expect would happen?

    The rest, as you read in the column above, is history. If only Mr. Vivian, a parolee with a fresh arrest, had been released back to the custody of his parole agent with some basic level of supervision or transported back to his jurisdiction of Sonoma County as common sense might dictate, this wouldn’t have happened– and the HCSO undoubtedly would’ve had a more peaceful evening.

    Mr. Vivian’s explanation of ‘training’ officers concerning his evasive chase and resistance was very telling of his overall behavior and thinking, too. Past behavior is a very good indication of future behavior, you know.

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