Wed, July 17

Crime/Courts/Emergency Services

Unsafe on Cornville Road

A Yavapai County sheriff's deputy patrolling Cornville Road conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling at approximately 82 mph in a posted 50 mph zone about 7 a.m. Friday morning.

John Ray Taylor, 25, of Cottonwood, admitted his driver's license was suspended for a previous DUI, and the deputy observed signs that Taylor was impaired. Taylor was arrested for criminal speed and during the arrest the officer located a metal pipe with burnt marijuana in it in Taylor's pocket.

Beneath the driver's seat, the deputy located a plastic bag containing 10.6 grams of marijuana. A urine test was positive for marijuana and a drug recognition evaluation showed Taylor to be under the influence of marijuana. He was arrested and charged with DUI/drugs, aggravated DUI, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia and cited for criminal speed failure to carry insurance.

Another driver was arrested just before midnight Tuesday on Cornville Road near McGuireville. The Yavapai Sheriff's Deputy said the vehicle was driving erratically and crossing the centerline.

Jesus Parra of Cornville, 34, had only a Mexican ID card and no valid driver's license. He appeared impaired according to the deputy.

Parra's passenger, Victor Rafael Rocha-Olivares, 27, provided the deputy with a false resident alien card under another name, but a records check turned up a valid arrest warrant

The officer found an open bottle of tequila and one of beer were located on the passenger's floor, as well as a dollar bill folded around a small amount of cocaine that was found in Parra's wallet.

Parra was arrested and charged with possession of narcotics and paraphernalia, aggravated DUI, extreme DUI and driving on a suspended license.

Rocha-Olivares was arrested and charged with a warrant out of the Verde Valley Justice Court for failure to appear on a charge of driving on a suspended license.

Busy holiday for police

It was not much of a holiday for the Yavapai Sheriff's Office. From Christmas Eve through December 26, the agency received 289 calls. That number is down only slightly from the 306 reported during the same period in 2004.

Most offenses were traffic violations, but investigators were also called to check out suspicious persons or incidents, animal issues.

Nine burglaries and thefts were reported, seven citizen disputes, three assaults, two family fights, one weapons offense, six DUIs and three drug offenses

There were also 112 other various incidents that ranged from assisting citizens with flat tires to dealing with an attempted suicide. These were not a part of any special details, but comprised the everyday duties of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.