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Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies, with assistance from Arcata Police Officers, arrested a woman yesterday afternoon after she fled when a deputy attempted to issue her a citation. Shortly after 1:00 p.m. a deputy working beach patrol at Clam Beach noticed water being discharged from a camper/conversion van. The van was parked in the day-use lot at Clam Beach County Park. The deputy approached the van and contacted the sole occupant, Susan Francine Mannis, 46 of Arcata. As the deputy was talking with Mannis, a routine warrants check revealed that she had an outstanding warrant out of Placer County for burglary. Upon hearing this, Mannis started her vehicle and sped out of the parking lot. She drove southbound on Central Avenue, followed by two Sheriff’s patrol units. Mannis reached speeds upwards of 80 MPH, running stop signs and traffic lights. Eventually, she entered Highway 101, southbound and then exited at Giuntoli Road, driving south onto Janes Road.
Because she was approaching a school zone and a hospital zone, deputies terminated the pursuit and followed her at a slow, safe distance. Personnel from the Arcata Police Department were notified. Mannis finally stopped at the intersection of Alliance and Foster Roads. Arcata Police Officers directed Mannis to exit her vehicle and she complied. Sheriff’s deputies took her into custody without further incident.
Mannis was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked for eluding a pursuing peace officer in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons (more commonly called “felony evasion”). She was also booked for violating the county codes regarding the dumping of water and the Placer County warrant. Her bail was set at $50,000. The bail on the Placer County warrant is $10,000. She will be arraigned on Thursday.