Ex-con faces allegations of felony evading after April pursuit

By From page A6 | July 23, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Some ex-cons on parole keep a low-profile until they no longer face the risk of being sent back to prison. Not parolee William R. Meyer, according to courtroom testimony Monday.

On the evening of April 21, the convicted burglar with an electronic ankle monitor strapped to his ankle was spotted driving a black Ford Mustang convertible, top down, Vacaville police officer Rod Neal testified at a probable cause hearing.

Meyer, alone in the convertible, stood out in the quiet residential neighborhood because he was burning tire rubber while doing doughnuts, creating acrid white smoke in the middle of the intersection of Beelard Drive and Marshall Road, Neal testified.

Neal said he got within about 20 yards from the spinning Mustang when he turned on his lights and siren, catching Meyer’s attention. After brief eye contact, Meyer stopped going in circles and sped off down Marshall Road, launching a police chase.

The pursuit lasted less than three minutes and after running a few stop signs it ended in front of Meyer’s home, where he was arrested at gunpoint. Neal testified that Meyer, who smelled of alcohol when arrested, had stopped the Mustang at one point in the pursuit that reached speeds of 60 mph along residential streets and had raised up both his arms, taunting Neal before taking off again.

Judge Robert Fracchia ended the hearing by ordering Meyer to stand trial and to return to court Aug. 18 when he is set to be arraigned on a felony charge of evading police.

Meyer, who is out of jail on $15,000 bail, has pleaded not guilty to the felony.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • MattJuly 22, 2014 - 4:37 am

    How is he out of jail again? What judge granted him $15,000 bail if they want him to learn a lesson? Pathetic.

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  • just sayin'July 22, 2014 - 10:40 am

    go to solanocourts dot org . then click "Court Connect" do the search on this perp and others via their last name. FCR307015 - People vs. WILLIAM RANDALL MEYER

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  • just sayin'July 22, 2014 - 10:42 am

    Meant to add to that post, make certain you have the correct William as there seems to be a few perps with this name.

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  • 2realJuly 22, 2014 - 5:48 am

    Never tease a cop with doughnuts... both kinds ;)

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  • JazzAzzJuly 22, 2014 - 6:43 am

    Goes to show Darwin was right. And that why criminals are M_ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONS!!!!!!

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  • CD BrooksJuly 22, 2014 - 8:20 am

    JazzAzz, read this story, it cannot get any more in-your-face than this guy! But dude got bail so I would suggest that once again, it is our judicial system that has the moron tag! If the bad guys have an accident and die during an arrest, they cannot be incarcerated. If they're not incarcerated, they cannot be released to do further stupid sh*t like this. Fewer prisoners means less over-crowding and the system begins working again. Food for thought...

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  • JazzAzzJuly 22, 2014 - 8:30 am

    Amen to that. Maybe more of our cops ought to be carrying (Secretly) cheap street guns, and place them in these Perps hands, after shooting them in the head (SELF DEFENSE)!!!! Especially since our justice, court system does NOTHING, but the revolving door, the JackArses!!!!!!

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  • Skeptic ScroogeJuly 22, 2014 - 8:56 am

    If he was drunk, why no dui charge???

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  • boomJuly 22, 2014 - 9:55 am

    Its his parole officer. He's gotta burglary conviction which is a violent felony. He's on parole. The only way you can bail out on parole is to convince your parole officer to drop the parole hold. Blame the PO , not the judge.

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  • just a thoughtJuly 22, 2014 - 5:41 pm

    Not sure of the facts of this particular case. However a burglary is usually not considered a violent offense.

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  • boomJuly 22, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    You should read the law books then. 459pc is considered a violent felony and is a strikeable offense.

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  • just a thoughtJuly 22, 2014 - 9:55 pm

    Your right on it being a felony and a strikeable offense, but burglary itself, including 1st degree burglary is not on its own a violent crime. Burglary itself is simply the act of illegally entering a building to commit a crime, most often theft. When violence enters the equation it usually becomes a robbery.

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  • just a thoughtJuly 22, 2014 - 10:02 pm

    *or rape, murder, etc. And those charges may accompany the burglary charge.

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  • boomJuly 22, 2014 - 11:28 pm

    According to the ninth circuit court it is a violent felony, and if you google it you can see the case law itself. Google it and figure out. Its also a violent felony under fed law too.

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  • clancyJuly 22, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    I'm gonna blame the she system. We need to start over from scratch.

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  • mikeJuly 22, 2014 - 7:32 pm

    Ole Willy got drunk and pulled a cool hand Luke never mind the consequence. Penned up going nuts,fueled with booze. LET'S TAKE A RIDE ! People are crazy when they've exhausted everything. Go to jail do not pass go do not collect 200$

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  • Joe PsocJuly 23, 2014 - 5:22 pm

    And some ex-cons don't continue to drive drunk and when their daddy works for the DR. And their court case is on the calendar. And somebody points that out. And the comment is censored out. Right Mikie?

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  • The SugarJarJuly 23, 2014 - 5:48 pm

    probably should be censored out. In my view it violates the Terms of Use. Unfortunately I don't have power to do anything but hit the "report abusive comment."

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  • mikeJuly 24, 2014 - 6:14 pm

    Ok Joe. I don't know about any DR daddy stuff. But with this guy you can put on tv

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