Automated License Plate Reader leads to recovery of stolen vehicle

On Saturday, Feb. 23 at approximately 11:30 a.m. a Eureka Police officer, who was operating a patrol unit outfitted with the Automated License Plate Reader, received a "hit" on a vehicle, which was traveling north on "E" Street near Sonoma Street in Eureka.

The officer broadcasted the information to other EPD units and the vehicle was quickly located still traveling north on "E" Street. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle, which failed to yield for several blocks, traveling at low speeds, but failing to stop at posted stop signs and driving erratically.

The driver eventually pulled into a parking lot at the Eureka Inn and a high-risk traffic stop was conducted. The vehicle was occupied by two subjects who were taken into custody without incident.

The driver, identified as Thomas Dale Applewhite, 18 years old, from Eureka was arrested and booked at the Humboldt County Jail on charges of possession of stolen property, failure to yield, driving under the influence of a controlled substance and or alcohol, driving without a license, and probation violation. Applewhite was released from jail on a promise to appear later.

The passenger, identified as Kristina Rosaamelia Campos, 25 years old, from Eureka was arrested and booked on a violation of public intoxication.

The registered owner of the vehicle was contacted and their vehicle was returned to them at the scene.

photo captions:

1. Thomas Dale Applewhite

2. Kristina Rosaamelia Campos

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