FERNBRIDGE- A Fortuna man was arrested Tuesday night after leading deputies on a vehicle pursuit that ended on the river bar at Fernbridge. According to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Cory Weatherman, 18 allegedly brandished a knife at a casino security guard and lead deputies on a vehicle pursuit.
Shortly after 9:30 p.m. a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was flagged down by an employee at Bear River Casino, Loleta who reported that there was a man associated with a blue 1991 Dodge Dakota burglarizing a vehicle in the parking lot. The employee told the investigating deputy when he confronted the suspect; the suspect brandished a knife at him. The employee backed away to avoid being stabbed.
The security guard said Weatherman then took off in the vehicle with the two women. Deputies chased the trio to the river bar where all three bailed from the vehicle after a tire popped, and swam across the river. A short while later all three were caught after they had returned back to the abandoned truck. The two women surrendered, Weatherman was found hiding near the passenger door when deputies approached. The females told the deputies they were passengers in the truck, were not driving and denied knowledge of the burglary. When the deputies returned to the truck with the females they located a male hiding behind the passenger side door with wet clothing. Deputies arrested Weatherman.
The Bear River Casino employee identified Weatherman as the person who brandished the knife at him, burglarizing the vehicle and as the driver of the Dakota. Weatherman was arrested for felony evasion and brandishing a weapon. The two women were interviewed and released. The victim of the vehicle burglary did not want to pursue charges or file a report so Weatherman was not charged with the burglary of the vehicle.
Weatherman was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he is being held on $50,000 bail.