Willows man arrested, bare-ly
A Willows man is in custody after he allegedly tried to ram a sheriff’s car with his pickup before running away naked.
Glenn County sheriff’s Sgt. Todd James was patrolling Saturday night near Knight’s Pond, south of County Road 48, when he spotted a four-door Nissan pickup parked near a locked gate. The driver jumped from the rear seat to the driver’s seat when James put his spotlight on the pickup, according to a sheriff’s press release.
The pickup then accelerated hard in reverse, forcing James to swerve right to avoid a collision. The truck swiped the left side of the squad car and continued, in reverse, up and over the top of the bank before coming to a stop in an empty ditch, Sheriff Larry Jones said in a prepared statement. A damage estimate for the patrol car was not available.
The driver – later identified as John Michael Ferraris, 24 – then fled the scene on foot, according to authorities, leaving a 17-year-old girl, his wallet and all of his clothes in the pickup. The girl, who told James that Ferraris “took off running,” was turned over to her mother, Jones said. Her name was not released because of her age.
Officers from the Willows Police Department and the California Highway Patrol responded after James called for assistance in the search, but Ferraris was not found. Sunday morning, Frank Couto went to the garage of his home in the 6000 block of County Road 48 when he heard a man moaning and talking to himself, according to sheriff’s Lt. Richard Warren.
The Coutos gave Ferraris some clothes, a cup of coffee and a ride into Willows, Jones said, then contacted authorities nearly 12 hours later. Ferraris surrendered to authorities Monday, when he was booked into Glenn County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and willful cruelty to a child.
Ferraris was still in custody Tuesday morning in lieu of posting $100,000 bail; a court date was not available.
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