Jay Christopher Whittle

A man who did not stop his car at an intersection on Stewart Street was pulled over by Sonora police, determined to be on felony probation, and arrested for a billy club, pepper spray, hypodermic needles and an open container of alcohol found in the car, Sonora police said Monday evening.

The traffic stop happened Thursday afternoon when a man was driving a 2005 Honda Civic. He was the only person in the car. The fact he was on probation allowed police to search his vehicle. An Angels Camp warrant stemmed from a domestic violence arrest. He had a prior felony conviction so he is not allowed to possess tear gas or pepper spray.

Jay Christopher Whittle of Mi Wuk Whittle was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a billy club, being a felon in possession of pepper spray and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Whittle was booked at Tuolumne County Jail and law enforcement in Sonora notified Angels Camp police that Whittle was detained. 

He was also wanted on an active warrant from Angels Camp, Sonora police said.

The newspaper could not confirm Tuesday whether Whittle was still behind bars.


Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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