☛ TS Vehicular manslaughter suspect has extensive criminal history
Court records show that before his latest arrest on Oct. 6, Jason Bradley Whitmill was routinely cycling between the Humboldt County Superior Court, the county jail and the streets of Humboldt County.
Since 1997, Whitmill had appeared in the Humboldt County Superior Court around 17 times for various violations.
Court records show that ◼ in January 2005 Whitmill was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer for driving a stolen car. Whitmill, who was on active parole, pleaded guilty to the charge of auto theft, and was sentenced to 68 days in jail.
◼ In February of 2006, Whitmill was found in a Eureka alley with a small plastic bag containing methamphetamine, a police report indicates.
He was on active parole at the time. He pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay $1,310, and was sentenced to 31 days in the Humboldt County jail. He was given conditional release upon the completion of the sentence.
Traffic records show that ◼ in October of 2006, Whitmill was stopped by a traffic patrol officer and ticketed for driving on a suspended license without a seat belt, vehicle registration or insurance.
◼ Less than a week later, Whitmill was stopped again for failing to stop at a stop sign, as well as driving without registration or insurance on a suspended license.
During ◼ late April, 2007, Whitmill was arrested by Eureka police officers for possession of methamphetamine. He was taken into custody, and court records show that during a subsequent hearing, Whitmill flipped off an officer inside the court, leading a judge to charge him with disorderly behavior. He pleaded guilty to both charges.
For those charges, Whitmill would later be sentenced to a total of 306 days in jail and a $300 fine.
◼ On Oct. 2, 2007, Whitmill was arrested after trespassing on private property, but those charges were dropped.
Then, ◼ in December of 2007, Whitmill was spotted driving again. According to a Eureka police officer's written account, Whitmill attempted to evade the officer, speeding “with wanton disregard for safety.”
During the chase, Whitmill stopped his car and fled on foot into a nearby greenbelt to hide. He was located and arrested shortly afterward.
After searching his car, officers reported finding numerous bags of marijuana and a hypodermic needle. Whitmill pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 135 days in jail, and ordered to pay a $300 fine.
Less than a year later, ◼ on Oct. 6, 2008, Whitmill was arrested again -- this time he was charged for murder.
Murder charges - Mustang found
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Driver of the silver mustang found - the car is missing, and painted black.
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Find that silver mustang/UPdate(s)
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