The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people in Twain Harte early Friday morning and used pepper spray and a taser to detain a man who refused to leave a car following a pursuit.
Early Friday morning, on Highway 108 and Hess Avenue in Sonora, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a 2004 silver Ford Taurus for an unreadable license plate, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office press release said.
A deputy walked to the window of the vehicle and the driver refused to roll the window down. The woman then sped away and the officer followed. The nine-mile chase ended on Grey Owl Court in Twain Harte, the press release said.
Deputies again told the two occupants to get out of the vehicle. The woman eventually complied but the man in the passenger seat refused.
When officers sprayed pepper spray into the car, the man got out and began to fight with deputies, who then used a taser on him. Though the taser had little effect on him, he was eventually placed in handcuffs, the press release said.
Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and firecrackers were found in the car.
Jacolene Barton, 55, of Sonora, was booked on suspicion of possession of fireworks, evading a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting or delaying arrest and warrants for failure to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license for DUI.
Brandon King, 37, was booked on suspicion of resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as two warrants for failing to appear on drug charges.
As of Monday, both people had been released from the Tuolumne County Jail on their own recognizance.
Sewage in Sullivan Creek
Raw sewage was released from a leaking septic tank at the intersection of Phoenix Lake Road and Creekside Drive in Sonora and threatened to flow into Sullivan Creek.
The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Tuolumne County Health Department regarding the public health concern generated by the leaking septic unit west of the Crystal Falls subdivision, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office news release said.
In an update to an original press release on Sunday night, the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office said sewage from the septic tank had not yet reached the creek.
Sullivan Creek is a drainage system which flows southward through the Crystal Falls subdivision, and westward along Phoenix Lake Road to Phoenix Lake.
The creek and lake are a popular warm-weather recreation site for locals and tourists alike.
A warning was issued to the public to not swim, drink, fish or engage in recreation near or in the water until a full analysis was done of the area.
Tuolumne County Health officials, Cal Fire, the Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services and the Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to the scene on Sunday to evaluate the septic leak.