Man pleads not guilty to multiple charges

By From page A4 | November 30, 2012

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield and Dixon police took a pound of methamphetamine off the streets and its alleged owner, a jailed ex-con with an extensive criminal history, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to several felony charges.

Fairfield Police Detective Patrick High was looking for Curtis D. Sanders, 33, earlier this week because he knew Sanders had two outstanding felony arrest warrants. High’s search led to Dixon and the parking lot of a Best Western motel on Commercial Way. High watched Sanders park his father’s pickup truck at the hotel and saw Sanders, accompanied by an unnamed woman carrying a 1-year-old child, go into a second-story room, according to court records.

High called Dixon police for backup. Officer Kevin Szmurlo arrived a short time later to join in the surveillance of Sanders’ room.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., the trio left the room, got in the truck and started to drive off. Szmurlo tried to make a traffic stop on the truck, but Sanders had no interest in stopping, according to police. Sanders sped through the parking lot of a nearby Safeway and a short time later he wrecked his father’s truck in Dixon. He took off running, leaving the truck, the woman and the child. Szmurlo caught Sanders after a brief foot chase. The woman took the child and left while Szmurlo was preoccupied by Sanders.

Szmurlo uncovered the large amount of methamphetamine and High found more methamphetamine along with lots of ammunition in the hotel room, according to court reecords.

Sanders, who is jail without bail for previous unresolved criminal charges, also now has an $865,000 bail for new offenses. He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing Dec. 7.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

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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