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Teen arrested after fleeing cops

A Mingus Union High School senior was arrested early Sunday morning on a variety of charges after allegedly leading police officers on a back-street chase.

Jimmie Angelo Treakle, 18, who police say is a transient living out of his car, was taken into custody around 1:30 a.m. He faces charges of unlawful flight from law enforcement, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment, DUI impaired to the slightest degree and DUI under 21 years of age.

Cottonwood Police officers initially tried to stop the vehicle Treakle was driving after it pulled out of the Circle K parking lot, 10 S. Main St., without its headlights on. According to the arresting officer, the vehicle pulled off of Main Street and appeared to slow and then accelerated, moving from Gila Street to 16th Street in an allegedly dangerous manner.

The vehicle was stopped at 16th and Greenlee. Two men were observed in the vehicle, according to the police report. The arresting officer pulled both his gun and his Taser on the occupants. A police sergeant and two other police officers also arrived on the scene to assist with the arrest of both men and a search of the vehicle. They allegedly found a baggy of marijuana and an unopened bottle of vodka.

According to the report, Treakle told the officers that he was supposed to graduate from Mingus on Friday and they were ruining his life and violating his rights. While in overnight custody in Cottonwood, Treakle allegedly acted in a "passive aggressive" manner and refused to submit to any intoxication tests.

Police determined that the passenger was a victim in the incident and not a participant. After tests apparently showed him to be clean of illegal drugs, he was released from custody.

Police gained a warrant to draw Treakle's blood, and he was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center.

Homeless naked man arrested

A Cottonwood man, apparently a transient, was arrested May 15 around 10:50 p.m. after residents on Mingus Avenue reported a male wearing only a backpack walking in the neighborhood.

Kim Raymon Shotwell, 46, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

After being called to the scene, police spoke with three witnesses who said they saw a man wearing a backpack and acting suspiciously. One of the neighbors told police he had earlier spoken with the man, who allegedly asked him if he wanted to smoke some marijuana.

After a search of the area, police returned to the witnesses who said they saw the man again and this time he was naked except for the backpack and a ballcap.

Police followed tracks off of Ash Drive and discovered a man lying behind bushes near the intersection with Cholla. After officers reportedly recognized him as Shotwell, they allegedly found a baggy of a green leafy substance near him. They also claim to have found a makeshift smoking utensil made of aluminum foil. In his backpack they allegedly found a plastic snapbox containing what was assumed to be marijuana.

Officers took Shotwell back to Mingus Avenue, where the witnesses reportedly identified him as the man they had seen. One neighbor also verified that Shotwell had been naked but declined to press indecent exposure charges.

According to the report, while traveling to the Cottonwood Police Department, Shotwell told them that in California or Alaska he would only get a ticket. He also allegedly said that about 30 minutes before he was arrested an unknown male had handed him the baggy of marijuana.

The field weight of the marijuana was about 3 grams, according to the report. Shotwell was booked into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde.

Two arrested after DUI incident

May 13 at around 11 p.m. two young Cottonwood men were arrested after Cottonwood police observed an odd driving pattern.

Jose Arturo Garcia-Avila, 19, is charged with driving under the influence (impaired to the slightest), DUI with BrAC over 0.08 percent, open container in a vehicle and underage consumption. Hector Antonio Gonzalez-Hernandez, 21, is charged with having an open container in a motor vehicle.

After first seeing a white pickup allegedly weaving near the intersection of Sixth Street and Arizona 89A. Police clocked the vehicle at only 20 mph in a 25 mph zone as it went to Date Street and then to Fifth Street. After the vehicle made a three-point turn, police stopped it at Silver Spring Circle and Sixth Street.

The arresting officer alleges the driver, Garcia-Avila, smelled of alcohol and exhibited signs of intoxication. According to the report, Garcia-Avila said he had five or six beers. Police had him take a breathalyzer test, which indicated a BrAC of 0.101. A second test at the Cottonwood Police Department allegedly measured a BrAC of 0.106.

After being charged, both Garcia-Avila and Gonzalez-Hernandez were released to a friend.

Teen arrested for drinking, driving

A Cornville girl was arrested by Cottonwood police for allegedly driving under the influence.

Ashley Lynn Gray, 18, was taken into custody May 13 at around 11:50 p.m.

Police report they were stopped on the 3000 block of Old 279 after an unrelated traffic stop when a southbound car drove past at a visually estimated 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. Officer went in pursuit and stopped the car south of the intersection of old 279 and Ogden Ranch Road.

According to the report, the driver identified herself as Gray and said she didn't know she was speeding. After questioning, she allegedly admitted she had "one shot" of alcohol. Gray was taken to the Cottonwood Police Department, where she took a breathalyzer test that allegedly registered at 0.10.

Her passenger, her 16-year-old sister, was released to their parents. Ashley Gray was charged with underage drinking and driving and also released.

Warrant arrest

Valentin, Vasquez Delacruz, 34, of Cottonwood, was arrested May 14 at 1:15 p.m. after Cottonwood Police received a report of a suspicious person near Mingus Avenue and Main Street.

Police found a man matching the description given. He reportedly told them his name was Valentin Martin Vasquez and then later said his name was Valentin Vazquez Rodriquez. He allegedly was not carrying identification.

A records check eventually found that Valentin Vazquez Rodriquez was allegedly an alias for Delacruz, who had a warrant for Coconino County alleging a previous drug offense with a bond of $569. Delacruz was arrested for the warrant and additionally charges with providing false information to law enforcement. He was booked into the Yavapai County Jail.

DUI checkpoints Memorial Day weekend

Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies will be working with police departments in Cottonwood and Sedona over Memorial Day weekend at checkpoints set up to catch impaired drivers.

Fugitives arrested in Verde Valley

Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies working with adult probation officers apprehended 14 suspects in the Verde Valley May 11-12 on active warrants. In addition, six people were charged with new drug offenses, one was arrested on DUI/drug charges and another was charged with a probation violation.

The fugitive apprehension detail was set up in the Verde Valley to locate and arrest subjects wanted on current warrants.

Sex offender arrested on Cornville Road

A Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy arrested Ronald Bryan White, 34, on May 10 for failure to register and notify of address change.

White was stopped May 7 for speeding on Cornville Road. Later, when White went to the Sheriff's Office to update his sex-offender status it was discovered that he had not notified authorities of a change of address. He had been registered as living on Village Drive in Cottonwood. But police reports show that he had no current address and may have been living out of his car.

Cornville men arrested on drug charges

Two Cornville men were arrested May 12 on multiple drug charges. Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies conducted a probation search with probation officers at a residence on Page Spring Road.

Michael Alan Carris, 45, and Kevin Dorn Perkins, 46, were both arrested on charges of carrying a deadly weapon in a drug-related offense, production of marijuana, possession of chemicals to make dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Carris was also charged with possession and use of dangerous drugs.

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