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September 5, 2013
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Woman fails to stop for deputies

A 42-year-old Oakland woman was sentenced Wednesday to five days in Douglas County Jail after she failed to stop for deputies who were initiating a traffic stop.

Michelle Page pleaded guilty to failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and driving without a valid license.

She was arrested on Sunday following efforts by Carson City and Douglas County deputies to stop her.

According to reports, Page was southbound on Highway 395 shortly before 10 p.m. when a deputy observed her registration was suspended.

He turned on his emergency lights, but Page failed to stop. As he approached her, the officer said she made an obscene gesture.

He said she drove through a red light at the intersection of highways 88 and 395 in Minden, and slowed to 20 mph.

When deputies forced her to stop, Page said she was calling the FBI to make sure the officers were legitimate deputies.

The report indicated that officials were preparing a warrant in connection with her failure to stop earlier Sunday in Carson City.

Page said Wednesday she didn’t see the lights or hear the sirens.

“I’ve been pulled over several times by people who were not officers,” Page told East Fork Judge Tom Perkins, explaining why she said she was calling the FBI to verify their identities.

“These are pretty good guys here,” Perkins said.

■ A hearing is Wednesday for a 39-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man accused of pointing a shotgun at a neighbor who asked him to slowdown as he drove through the neighborhood.

Kevin Duane Garrett was jailed Monday on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

According to reports, the victim said he approached Garrett in his truck and asked him to slow down as he drove throw their neighborhood.

He said Garrett began screaming at him, and pointed a shotgun at him.

When deputies approached the suspect’s house on Bolivia Way, Garrett reportedly screamed at them to beat him up and shoot him.

After they placed him in custody, deputies reportedly discovered a marijuana grow in a trailer on the property.

Attorney Derrick Lopez was appointed to represent Garrett.

■ A 43-year-old man was taken to Douglas County Jail early Wednesday after he gave deputies a false name and tried to fake a seizure to avoid arrest.

Deputies pulled over a white truck shortly after midnight for speeding and making an unlawful lane change.

The driver turned over vehicle documents as requested.

A passenger identified himself as Jose Velez and gave his birthdate as 12-34-68, which the deputy pointed out did not exist.

He then changed the date to Dec. 31.

The driver told the deputy he didn’t know why “Will” was lying, and the deputy recognized William Sarmiento from previous contacts.

They confirmed his identity through a casino player’s card that they found in his pocket.

As deputies were attempting to handcuff Sarmiento, he reportedly pulled away and began to struggle.

While placing Sarmiento in the vehicle, he continued to identify himself as Jose Velez.

He fell to the ground and rolled his eyes toward the back of his head. He briefly lay on the ground, then asked deputies what happened.

Paramedics examined Sarmiento and determined him to have normal vital signs. He complained of no injuries.

He was booked at Douglas County Jail on suspicion of obstructing and resisting.

He also had an outside warrant for arrest, according to reports.

The driver was released from the scene.


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