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California Man Steals Car To Avoid Missing His Court Hearing

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A California man was concerned about the consequences of missing a court appearance for a hearing on charges of possession of a controlled substance. He was about 250 miles north of the town where the hearing was scheduled. Desperate to get to the courthouse on time, the man and his wife exercised what they believed was their only option: they stole a used car from a Redding, California auto dealership.

As luck would have it, the 2001 car was equipped with a GPS system which tracked it to a parking space in front of the Tuolumne County Courthouse in Sonora, CA. The dealership telephoned Sonora police and told them where they could find the car.

As the Sonora police were examining the car, the man’s wife came out of the courthouse and told officers her husband purchased the car earlier in the day. Although the car now sported different license plates than the ones registered to the car, law officers soon realized it was the car from the Redding dealership.

Officers approached the man inside the courthouse who admitted he had stolen the car. When officers searched the car, they found drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and marijuana. The man and his wife were both arrested and charged with the felonies of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and possession of controlled substances.

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