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Atherton Ave. Traffic Stop Yields Two Arrests

Novato Police say they recovered a vehicle reported stolen out of Antioch and arrested its two occupants on suspicion of auto theft and drug-related charges.

Novato Police apprehended two suspects Friday on suspicion of auto theft and various drug-related after determining that the vehicle they were driving had been reported stolen two days ago.

The arrest took place near the Atherton Avenue exit on Highway 101 shortly after midnight.

Officer Stephanie Commisto was following the vehicle when she received a hit from the ALPR system (Automate License Plate Reader). This hit notified her that the vehicle’s license plate was reported lost or stolen out of Antioch.

Novato Police just added the ALPR system to its patrol cars this August.

Lt. Keith Heiden explained that a device is mounted atop cars that scan license plates. If there is a match with the Dept. of Justice’s stolen vehicle system, the officer is alerted. Heiden said ALPR assists with stolen cars and missing person cases. In this case, two arrests.

Driver Lisa Hazelwood, 30, and passenger Jason Michael Vigil, 32, both from Sonoma County, were arrested.

Officer Commisto learned that Hazelwood was on parole and Vigil was on probation out of Sonoma County. The officer searched the vehicle and located a large amount of hashish concealed in the dashboard. In addition, suspected stolen property was located in the passenger compartment and truck bed.

Hazelton was suspected of possibly being under the influence of a controlled substance. She submitted to a series of sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for drug possession and driving under the influence. Vigil was also placed under arrest for being under the influence of a controlled substance, drug possession and probation violation.

The license plate was later verified as being stolen on Oct. 24 in Antioch. Vigil and Hazelwood were booked at Marin County Jail for the listed charges. The vehicle, a green 1988 Chevrolet truck, was towed from the scene. It is still being investigated if the truck was stolen or reporter missing.

Officers Blake Dunbar and Ryan Patrick participated in the arrest.

mike jones October 27, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Hey question here I got a letter from the dmv saying my registration is suspended be cause my insurance was not paid so if I drive while my registration is out will the police cameras come back as suspended registration or do the cameras just look for stolen plates
Darwin Rodas October 27, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I Don't think so but, since it's automated system it can easily come back and say suspended registration
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr October 29, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Recidivism is virtually 100%, that is why we need the Three-Strikes laws. "Hazelwood was on parole and Vigil was on probation out of Sonoma County. The officer searched the vehicle and located a large amount of hashish concealed in the dashboard. In addition, suspected stolen property was located in the passenger compartment and truck bed." ALPR is a great investment!
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr October 29, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Genius. If you drive without insurance you are breaking the law. Does that register with your leftist mind, or should you be excused because you are a leftist?
Craig Belfor October 29, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Gee, if we just had more section 8 housing they wouldn't have to steal a car from Antioch just to get to Novato to commit their crimes. They could just walk over from Wyndover or Bay Vista. This is the fault of us honest, taxpaying citizens for not providing them with free cribs here. Crackheads please reply----
David L December 21, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Jerome, I know it's been a while since you posted your comment here but considering your pathetic, attention starved existence, you probably monitor every one of the articles you have posted on, so let me point out that "mike jones" is no "leftist" - he's just an idiot, like you, quick to dismiss another person or idea based on the group that he or it comes from. Look at his other posts and you'll see that he hates Obama, scoffs at tolerance for others, and despises government just like you. I jump in here because I think you need to hear from someone other than the gang of morons who usually post on this web site. There's a reason you came in last in the City Councel election - you're despicable. For once in your sorry life, can you just address the points or questions other people make and stop dismissing them based on who or what they are?
SP December 21, 2012 at 05:14 AM
David L......well said!

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