Domestic battery arrest outside Sonora bar

A Sonora man was arrested on felony domestic battery charges outside a South Washington Street bar early Sunday.

Sonora Police said the man and his wife argued inside of The Office Bar on South Washington Street just before midnight. “It became physical outside,” Acting Sonora Police Chief Turu VanderWiel said

Officers said the man choked his wife and shoved her backward into a rock wall, where she sustained a minor injury to the back of her head.

The woman also sustained minor bruising to her face and an abrasion to her shoulder area, VanderWiel said.

The victim declined medical assistance at the scene.

About 12:30 a.m., Solomon Ray Storment, 32, of Sonora, was booked on suspicion of felony willful infliction of corporal injury and booked into the Tuolumne County Jail.

Storment was held on $35,000 bail and bailed out later Sunday.

The Sonora Police Department made DUI arrests on both Saturday and Sunday and a disorderly conduct arrest early Sunday morning in downtown Sonora.

Jamestown woman arrested in possession of stolen vehicle

Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Deborah Moss said there were not many significant incidents investigated by the Sheriff’s Office on the St. Patrick’s Day weekend besides the arrest of a Jamestown woman for possession of a stolen vehicle .

About 4:30 p.m. Saturday, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputy ran a records check on 1991 Acura near the 18300 block of Highway 108 in Jamestown and noted that the license plates were registered to a Honda.

The deputy also checked the vehicle identification number, which revealed that the car had been reported stolen out of Oakdale on Feb. 9, Moss said.

Moss said the case is still under investigation, and that the suspect would not provide any information on how it came into her possession.

The driver did not have a driver’s license, Moss said.

Hailey Elizabeth Joy Johnson, 27, of Jamestown, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and driving without a license.

Her bail was set at $10,000, and she remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail on Monday.

Man sustains major injuries in crash

An Oakdale man sustained major injuries Saturday in Angels Camp after his vehicle ran off the road and hit a reflector post and a tree.

About 2:35 p.m., Timothy L. Murphys, 51, of Oakdale, was driving a 2011 Toyota Corolla westbound on Highway 4 west of Pool Station Road at 30 to 35 miles per hour, a CHP press release stated.

While coming out of a curve in the road, Murphys lost control of his vehicle, crossed the eastbound lane and drove onto the south shoulder of the road.

Murphys’ vehicle then ran into a reflector post and a tree before it came to a stop.

Murphys sustained major injuries and was airlifted to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.

Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to be factors in the collision.

Modesto man arrested for possession of stolen vehicle

A report of a possible drunk driver in Sonora led to the discovery of a stolen vehicle and the arrest of a Modesto man on vehicle theft charges Sunday afternoon.
About 12:30 p.m., the Sonora Police Department received two reports of a possible drunk driver in the Sonora area, Acting Police Chief Turu VanderWiel said. One report indicated that someone in a white Dodge pickup with paper plates was driving on the wrong side of the road on Stewart Street, and another person reported a possible drunk driver in the area of Pesce Way and Highway 49.
An officer saw a vehicle matching the description near the intersection of South Washington Street and Restano Way and contacted two occupants during a traffic stop.
The driver was found to have a felony arrest warrant out of Alameda County and was placed under arrest, VanderWiel said, and the passenger was detained for possession of a methamphetamine pipe.
A subsequent records check determined the vehicle was reported stolen out of the Modesto area, and the investigating officer was “unable to connect that particular crime” with the passenger in possession of the methamphetamine pipe.
The driver made statements, VanderWiel said, that did not implicate the passenger.
The passenger, Maurice Lincoln Matthews Jr., 37, of Tracy, was cited and released from the scene for possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia.
The driver, Daniel Lee Chisum, 22, of Modesto, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of felonies vehicle theft and possession of stolen vehicle.
His bail was set at $30,000.
Chisum was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a Sonora Police Department press release stated.
Chisum remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail Monday afternoon.

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