A Sonora man was arrested more than two weeks ago at Sonora Inn after police allege he sprayed them with a fire extinguisher and attempted to pull a fire alarm in the historic hotel prior to being taken into custody.

Sonora police responded to multiple 911 calls shortly after 3 a.m., Aug. 30, about a man who was running up and down hallways and breaking glass in the hotel on South Washington Street.

The man allegedly armed himself with a fire extinguisher when officers arrived and tried to hide behind a corner in a hallway before unleashing the retardant from the extinguisher at them, filling the first and second floor hallways of the hotel with a cloud of retardant.

The man then allegedly pulled a fire alarm and retreated further into the hotel hallways.

Police in the hotel called for deputies from the Sheriff’s Office to help. When deputies arrived, the man decided to cooperate and he was taken into custody.

Clayton F. Johnson, 31, of Sonora, was booked at Tuolumne County Jail with bail set at $20,000 on suspicion of felony vandalism, tampering with fire protection equipment, sounding a false fire alarm, felony obstruction of a peace officer, possession of methamphetamine and heroin, and violating probation.

Johnson was released from the jail on Aug. 31.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.net or (209) 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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