DUI traffic stops leads to arrest of a Mammoth Lakes resident
On the evening of Thursday, March 27, 2014, at approximately 8:20 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call from an employee at the McDonald’s in Mammoth Lakes reporting a possible drunk driver in their drive thru.
Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies were clearing an unrelated traffic stop along Hwy 203, outside of the Town of Mammoth Lakes, when dispatch advised of a possible DUI driver at the drive thru at the Mammoth McDonald’s. Deputies responded to the location and witnessed a black pickup truck speeding through the parking lot onto Sierra Park Road. The driver then, rapidly, turned onto outbound Hwy 203 and quickly accelerated. Deputies tried to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The truck quickly turned onto Meridian Blvd and proceeded onto Commerce Dr., where the truck stopped in a driveway.
Deputies, with the assistance of Mammoth Lakes Police Department Officers, made contact with the driver, identified as Jason Martin, age 45, of Mammoth Lakes. Mr. Martin would not comply with deputies and officers upon exiting his vehicle and resisted arrest. Mr. Martin was warned that if he continued to resist arrest and not comply with the deputies and officers instructions, he would be pepper sprayed. He continued to resist arrest and was subsequently pepper sprayed so deputies and officers could gain control over him. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department for medical evaluation by Mono County Paramedics. While being evaluated, Mr. Martin provided a breath sample with an alcohol screening test of 0.20%, more than three times the 0.08% legal limit. Mr. Martin was medically cleared and transported to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport without further incident.
Jason Martin, age 45, of Mammoth Lakes, was arrested for evading a peace officer; resisting and obstructing a peace officer; driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol; driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol over 0.08%; driving with a suspended license for DUI; and reckless driving.
Mr. Martin is currently in custody with all charges pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.
Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer
Last post on this subject, I hope no one drinks and drives ever again. I also hope everybody fights for their civil rights to the better end!
I’ve been watching this post and it amazes me to think that some people still think it’s OK not to report drunk drivers. I wish everyday that someone would have called the police on August 8. 2013. On that night an intoxicated female left an establishment and hit my niece,… Read more »
uhhhhhhhhh,hes a drunk driver,good thing he didn’t run anyone down,you cant be easy on these people,they continue to offend over and over
Jesus drank on his last night here from a story I heard! ya going call 911 on his ass?
He wasn’t about to drive a car, Trouble.
Trouble(d?)… I sure don’t understand your apathetic stances towards this story or this issue. Can you really turn a blind eye to crimes being committed in your presents. Could you really watch this guy or any other person in this condition get in a car and drive away. Really? Where… Read more »
If the guy was blowing 2.0 you have to imagine the kitchen staff and half the patrons seated eating could smell him at the drive through window. The servers were probably holding their noses trying not to get sick themselves. 2.0 ain’t just a little light headed. That is reeling… Read more »
I am truly sorry about your daughter Russ. I will stop mouthing off on this subject and keep keep her in mind when I pick my next subject to address . I didn’t mean to sound like I support drinking and driving, I don’t.
I appreciate your change of tone Trouble. As you continue to write “anonymously”, this piece of advice may be more difficult for you, but, I have found that having someone proof read, goes a long way toward minimizing my being misunderstood. What sounds perfectly reasonable in my head, often sounds… Read more »
Good luck to you and your family Russ. Sorry if I offended you.
I questioned the police rights to pull this guy over legally and the reasons they used justify it, I ‘m not supporting drinking and driving.
Trouble….What do you think LE should have done…sat and waited for an accident before they started checking on things ?..with your logic,if LE is called on a possible break-in or murder in progress by a citizen, they would have to sit back and wait untill they heard gunshots or seen… Read more »
I do think Trouble was contrite in his follow-up emails. Let’s give him that.
Wayne, call 911 all you want. Ask for Chief Watson, he seems to agree with you. I don’t. Just stop adding nut ball statements like above. I never said I won’t call for a break in or a murder.
Trouble, we will all know whether you are correct that a 911 call of a possible DUI driver does not give an officer the probable cause to make a traffic stop when this goes to the District Attorney for filing and then to court. If the DA or Judge agree… Read more »
Trouble….YOU saying “my” nut ball statements?….my guess would be if you saw a crime in progress you’d be afraid to call the cops,thinking if you did,you’d “get stitches or end up in ditches” if you did….just like you would be if you see a drunk driver and the CRIME he… Read more »
Trouble, you don’t have a right to drive. it is not the same thing as sitting in your home or walking down the street. If you drive you agree to produce your license, registration and insurance documents to a cop on demand. It is called “implied consent”. You cannot tell… Read more »
Trouble – The Supreme Court just ruled that police officers can pull over a vehicle based solely on a 911 call. The following is a summary of the Navarette case. The facts would apply to a 911 call of a possible DUI driver. Officers Had Reasonable Suspicion of Criminal Activity… Read more »
But….but,Chief Watson……From reading some of the posts on this site,isn’t being high on marijuana supposed to make you a “better” driver than if you’r driving and not under the influence of anything ?
Wayne, the just say no program needs ya.
Thank you Dan for your response. I see 5 out 9 judges agreed with you. 4 out of 9 agreed with me. I realize it’s now the law of the land. I can’t say I think it’s a good thing and hope the police try other ways to get people… Read more »
Good thinking by the drive through staff.
Russ….After that first DUI,it’s all about public safety….if someone doesn’t learn a lesson after that first DUI and the big fine,court dates,time in jail,increase in insurance,cost of a lawyer….maybe losing your job….maybe losing your vehicle to impound and tow fees…they have no business behind a wheel untill they get straightened… Read more »
MeadowGal…..I would feel more like what you posted IF he wasn’t putting OTHERS in danger with his continued behavior of multiple DUI’s,reckless driving,etc….having lost a family member to a DUI driver,it’s hard to feel sorry or accept that type of behavior,especially if it happens more than once and a lesson… Read more »
With you on this one Wayne!
He may be a saint otherwise, but he needs to be out of the drivers seat, now.
So McDonalds is now encouraging their underpaid-foolishly dressed employees to call 911 at the smell of a beer. It ought to be illegal to eat that stuff.
Trouble…I think it’s called common sense….what would happen if someone came driving in drunk…got his food….left and had an accident hurting or killing innocent people ?…something that would stick with whoever didn’t alert authorities to the drunk driver for the rest of their lives….where I used to work in Oregon,I… Read more »
Wayne, I say it’s better to mind your own business and not rat out your neighbors whenever possible. The guy was just sitting in drive thru looking forward to some gut rot. Next thing he knows he’s getting chased down in the local parking lot for “speeding in a parking… Read more »
Trouble, wrong again! The cops can detain anyone for investigation of a suspected crime where an eye witness has contaced them. That is how most arrests are made. Happens every day. I doubt that you heve ever seen the results of a DUI traffic collision where someone has died, I… Read more »
Reality, do you have to accuse me of a crime to make yourself more believable? I was surely raised in a different environment then you.
Trouble, by your demeanor on this blog, you act like someone who got arrested by the cops and can’t get over it.
I will take you at your word.
Reality Check is correct, Trouble. Phone calls from witnesses to a possible crime establish probable cause for a traffic stop. That’s why the Cal-Trans message signs tell you to dial 911 if you see a DUI driver. I’m sure I’m not the only one who appreciates that someone called 911… Read more »
Good post,Chief Watson !!!……I used to hear that same kind of crap “trouble” said here,about not snitching out anyone when I’d report a DUI driver….the ole’ “snitches end up in ditches and having stitches” thing….what a joke !!!…with “trouble”…and others,I think what it might take to feel different is one… Read more »
Kinda makes you wonder if Trouble has been arrested for DUI? More than once?
First off Mr. Reality, I have never been arrested for anything. Second, Police need more than hearsay to make a legal stop.
I can promise you I would never call the police for any type of minor crime. Period!
I think the signs should say ‘report unsafe driving’….no matter what I see, I cannot know if someone has been drinking. I can however know for sure if someone is driving unsafely. Also, why does it matter if they’ve been drinking or if they are driving unsafely for some other… Read more »
Trouble….Do you consider drunk driving as a “minor crime”?……tell that to the families that have lost loved-ones to drunk drivers….
Trouble, I will make this easy for you.
I saw = Eyewitness
I heard = Hearsay
Glad you asked Wayne, YES, any crime that I figure well over half this country has committed at least once in their lives is a minor crime in my book. You can’t lock up every body that does stupid . Plus I think our gov’t war on drugs does nothing… Read more »
Trouble, turning a blind eye to lawbreaking you witness very much makes you culbpable for the outcome. If you know someone is blind drunk and you ignore this fact, then you become responsible for any deaths, injuries or destruction of property that results. You have the ability to help prevent… Read more »
I generally don’t waste my time reading, much less responding to, garbage from cowardly pseudonyms Trouble, but….. How about I take the minute or two it would take to hack this site and locate you. I could bring my daughter, say to your work place, and let her show you… Read more »
Why the jab?…. trip trap trip trap.?
Trouble….with your last post,defending DUI drivers because “we’ve all done it”,as your post went on,now I see what your saying….in your eyes,it seems drugs should be legal…..drinking and driving should be legal,or at least something you shouldn’t be punished for doing…sounds more and more like your posts aren’t probably how… Read more »
Driving with a BAC of .2 is more than staff smelling alcohol on him. I imagine he was noticeably drunk. I’m glad they called and see nothing wrong with it. I was thinking maybe they could’ve delayed his order and kept him there till LEO showed up. Driving while drunk,… Read more »
Be thankful you don’t have the burden of having to work to stay clean and sober. For some it comes naturally, for others it’s a constant battle. Jason is a good person when he is clean. It breaks my heart to see him struggling so much. My thoughts are with… Read more »
Gosh, an awful lot of folks live in glass houses who post on these threads.
Only two and one half sheets to the wind, not three. “Mr. Martin provided a breath sample with an alcohol screening test of 0.20%, more than three times the 0.08% legal limit.”
This guy was fighting with a petite female a couple weeks ago down at the tubs and got arrested. Glad he decided to fight with armed men this time!
Minor detail but three times the legal limit would be .24% not .20%
Great job by the LEOs and the citizen who took the time to report it. You never know what is prevented by getting these DUIs off the road.
The MCSO emailed to say they are aware that the “three times” the legal limit was a misprint and recognize it should have said more than twice the legal limit.