Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office:
On Wednesday, at approximately 4 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputy was driving a marked patrol car on Muncie Street, near Howard Avenue, Eureka. The deputy saw a 1993 blue Honda Civic stopped on Howard Street with an adult male driving it, later identified as Austin Edward Neuroth, 35 years old, from Eureka. The deputy saw Neuroth stop in front of a residence on Howard Street and appeared to conduct an illegal drug transaction with an adult female at the residence. The deputy then watched the Honda drive away. The deputy saw the Honda had a broken windshield which is a vehicle code violation. The deputy imitated a traffic stop on the Honda and spoke with Neuroth, the driver. Neuroth told the deputy his driver's license was suspended. The deputy conducted warrants check on Neuroth and learned there was an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant for Neuroth. The warrant was for driving on a suspended license. The deputy asked Neuroth if there was anything illegal in his vehicle, and Neuroth admitted to having a syringe in his shirt on the passenger seat of the car. The deputy arrested Neuroth on the arrest warrant and for driving on a suspended license. The deputy then searched the shirt pocket where Neuroth told him the syringe was located. The deputy located a syringe and approximately .4 grams of suspected methamphetamine. The deputy continued searching the vehicle and located a scale and $300 in twenty dollar bills. When the deputy searched the remainder of the vehicle he located property that the deputy recognized may have been stripped from a stolen 1992 Honda. The deputy recovered the stolen Honda at 9:00 a.m. on Cummings Road, Eureka the same day.
Upon checking with the owner of the stolen Honda, the deputy learned the property in the Honda Neuroth was driving was property taken from the stolen 1992 Honda.
Neuroth was arrested for possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of illicit drugs and driving on a suspended license, besides the outstanding arrest warrant. Neuroth was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the charges. His total bail was set at $30,000.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.