Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
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(Title of Crime/Incident) 3056 PC Parole violation, 2800.2 CVC Felonious vehicle evasion
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3056 PC Parole violation, 2800.2 CVC Felonious vehicle evasion
Covelo Ca
When: Date: 05/12/12 Time: 2310
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: people of state
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Franklin Whipple 37 Covelo Ca
Written by: Sergeant Matt Kendall
Synopsis: On 05/12/2012 at about 2310 hours Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office attempted to perform a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Covelo area, for misc vehicle code violations.

The vehicle was in the area of Highway 162 at Mendocino Pass Rd. Upon activating emergency lights, the vehicle sped up and reached speeds in excess of one hundred miles per hour. Deputies pursued the vehicle for several miles until such time the driver lost control of the vehicle and it ran off of the roadway and into a ditch near the intersection of Mendocino Pass and Barnes Ln, Covelo.

The driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Deputies pursued the driver Franklin Whipple and located him hiding in a field about two hundred yards from the collision location.

Deputies placed Whipple under arrest for felony evasion. A search of the vehicle revealed drug paraphernalia commonly associated with methamphetamine use as well as hypodermic syringes. Whipple was also found to be under the influence of methamphetamine.

Whipple is currently on parole through the California State Prison system. Whipple was transported and booked into the Mendocino County Jail on charges of vehicle evasion, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, and violation of parole. Whipple is currently held without bail.
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