What a 'bizarre' Webb former Marysville man weaves
It gives new meaning to the term "repeat offender."
Marysville police arrested Noel Webb Jr. in September after they said he crashed into a fence during a high-speed chase while swallowing methamphetamine.
New Mexico state police arrested Webb earlier this month after they said he crashed into a fence during a high-speed chase while swallowing methamphetamine.
"That is pretty strange," said Sgt. Rito Chavarria of the New Mexico State Police Department.
Marysville police Sgt. Chris Sachs called the redundant arrest "bizarre."
No one was hurt either time, though Webb was hospitalized on both occasions out of concern for the methamphetamine he said he had swallowed. He made headlines in Marysville when he twice left Rideout Regional Medical Center after the arrest, disappearing the second time after leaving in his hospital gown.
But Webb, 31, was arrested again Nov. 7 in Quay County, NM, along with his girlfriend, Denise Cervantes, after New Mexico police spotted him driving a 2003 Cadillac CTS on Interstate 40 in Quay County, Chavarria said.
"He was driving very dangerously," Chavarria said.
Officers said the driver was weaving in and out of lanes and swallowing methamphetamine. The pursuit reached speeds of 133 mph and covered nearly 40 miles, Chavarria said.
"He was playing a little cat-and-mouse for a while," Chavarria said. "He was driving so recklessly, the officer eventually broke off of the chase for safety."
A short time later, police said, Webb drove off a road and smashed through a fence. He tried to hide his vehicle in a farmer's barn, but the car got stuck and could be seen from the road, Chavarria said.
Police said Webb and Cervantes then broke into the farmhouse and stole several carpets which they used to cover their vehicle.
The concealment effort failed, police said.
A patrolling officer spotted and arrested them after a brief investigation, Chavarria said.
Webb faces felony charges of aggravated fleeing, controlled substance possession, evidence tampering, burglary, receiving stolen property, and misd meanor charges of concealing his identity, criminal property damage, trespassing, littering, and driving on a suspended license, according to booking records. He remains in custody at the Quay County Detention Center.
Cervantes, 28, was released from custody Tuesday, jail records indicate.
Marysville police said Webb would be arrested if he ever returned home, but local police don't plan to travel to New Mexico to bring him back to Yuba County to face drug and evading charges.
"We only travel to other states for the most serious and violent crimes," Sachs said.
Until then, Sachs said, Webb may have enough to deal with in New Mexico.
Court records indicate Webb has spent much of his adult life behind bars.
Marysville police arrested Webb on Sept. 20 in Yuba City.
Police tried to search Webb's Marysville apartment, but he allegedly fled in a pickup truck at high speeds. He drove over the 10th Street bridge, fleeing and swallowing drugs. He was caught after he slammed his pickup into a fence on Queens Avenue, officials said.
Police arrested Webb, but released him to Rideout Regional Medical Center after doctors determined Webb was dangerous to himself and others and placed him on a psychiatric hold, authorities said.
Hospital officials did not transfer Webb to Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services, where he could have been physically detained, police confirmed.
Medical laws prevent doctors from commenting on specific patients, but Dr. Robert Plass, Rideout's chief medical officer, said, generally, psychiatric patients are transferred to the mental health facility in Yuba City with few exceptions.
"One (exception) would be if a patient has medical issues that override psychiatric issues," Plass said.