A Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested a wanted parolee last night after finding him in possession of a loaded handgun and an ensuing foot pursuit. Deputy Lagarda was conducting a vehicle investigation at Broadway and Henderson at about 6:00 p.m. on a car with two occupants. The driver, Anthony Dahm, 36 and transient, told Deputy Lagarda that the driver’s window did not roll down and he would have to open his door. As Dahm opened his door, Deputy Lagarda spotted the handle of a revolver tucked behind the driver’s seat next to the door. Deputy Lagarda drew his department issued firearm and ordered Dahm out of the vehicle; Dahm complied. Deputy Lagarda told Dahm to place his hands on the trunk of the vehicle and told the passenger of the vehicle, Jodene Whitaker, 31 of Crescent City, to stay in the car. As Deputy Lagarda called for backup and attempted to place Dahm in handcuffs, Dahm ran away, heading southbound on Broadway. Deputy Lagarda chased him while attempting to provide updated directions and a clothing description over his portable radio. Additional Sheriff’s Deputies and Eureka Police Officers arrived and assisted in both taking Dahm into custody and securing the vehicle and passenger (Whitaker). Dahm had fled to the 1200 block of Bayshore Way where he was arrested; Whitaker had stayed in the car.
Deputies learned that Dahm had an outstanding warrant for being a “parolee at large” and was to be considered “armed and dangerous.” The gun in the car was a loaded .38 caliber revolver. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, resisting or obstructing a peace a officer, possession marijuana, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, and a parole hold. He is not eligible to post bail due to his parole status.
Whitaker had an infraction warrant for which she was cited. She was released at the scene.