On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at approximately 3:00 A.M., a Mono County Sheriff’s Deputy was responding to call for service when he came upon a traffic collision on US 395, north of Conway Summit. The Sheriff’s Deputy requested assistance from the California Highway Patrol (CHP). One officer and one sergeant were “called out” from their residences and responded to the scene.
After arriving and upon questioning the passenger, Ms. Aisia D. Palma, age 33, of Mesa, Arizona, officers learned the driver likely fled the scene following the collision. The vehicle, a 2014, Gray, Nissan, Altima, appeared to have been traveling southbound US 395, north of Conway Summit when the driver lost control, veered left and collided with the dirt embankment. Ms. Palma displayed obvious signs of impairment related to drug use. Probable cause was established and a search was conducted during which crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located.
Ms. Palma was ultimately arrested for felony and misdemeanor controlled substance violations. Ms. Palma was transported to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport, California where she was booked. The Nissan was stored for safe keeping after the CHP sergeant gently wrestled Ms. Palma’s cat from under the seat. The gentle “wrestling match” involved a lot of hissing, some scratching and other feline defensive mechanisms. Ultimately, the cat settled down and was delivered into the care of Mono County County Animal Control until Ms. Palma is again available to care for her cat.