Two Oregon residents were arrested on several charges last week after a curious set of occurrences in the area of the Chevron station at the base of Janesville Grade.
According to details released by the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, at around 7:00p.m. on March 17th, Sheriff’s Dispatch received reports of a reckless driver in an SUV traveling north on US 395 in the area of County Road A3 near Janesville.
“A CHP officer saw a similar, matching vehicle,” explains LCSO Lieutenant David Woginrich. “The CHP officer turned on the vehicle, which then turned into the Janesville Chevron on Janesville Grade.”
As the officer pulled in behind the SUV, they observed a male passenger exiting the vehicle and walking into the gas station.
The officer approached the Honda CRV and noticed that the ignition had been tampered with, pliers were being used to turn the car on and off, and wiring was exposed.
The driver of the SUV was identified as Albany, Oregon resident Skylar Lowery who, according to the report, did not have a valid driver’s license. Because of this, the vehicle was impounded and the contents of the SUV inventoried.
“During the inventory, the CHP officer located what appeared to be a jar of large psilocybin mushrooms (also known as Magic Mushrooms) and a large quantity of pills that appeared to be either oxycodone or fentanyl.”
When the officer attempted to locate the passenger, who had been seen entering the gas station, they learned that the subject had fled out the back door of the building.
The driver, Lowery, was arrested for possession of illegal drugs and possession with the intent to sell, due to the large quantity of drugs located.
At this point Law Enforcement issued a ‘BOLO’ for the passenger who had fled the scene.
The following day, at around 1:30p.m., a LCSO deputy responded to assist after CHP reported that the male subject had returned to the Janesville Chevron. CHP requested the man be detained until their arrival.
“Upon contacting and attempting to detain the subject inside the store, he resisted, pushed the deputy, and ran out the back door of the store. The deputy gave chase and caught the subject by an adjacent residence.”
A CHP officer arrived on scene and assisted the deputy in conducting a search of the man.
“During that search, a small baggie of round blue pills and a separate baggie of a white crystalline substance, consistent with methamphetamine, were located in his pocket.”
The round blue pills were believed to be either oxycodone or fentanyl pills.
“While continuing their search, the subject dove up onto the hood of the patrol car and took a mouthful of pills from the baggie.”
The subject was taken to the ground and he spit out a large clump of the pills. He was given saline solution and water to rinse out his mouth several times.
The subject, identified as Philomath, Oregon resident Asa Williams, was arrested and booked into the Lassen County Jail. He was charged with Obstructing/Resisting a Peace Officer, Destroy/Conceal Evidence, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
In regards to the March 17th incident, CHP charged Williams with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale, and Transportation of a Controlled Substance. Williams’ bail has been set at $45,000.