A slip landed a Sonoran woman behind bars


East Sonora, CA – A report of a female subject who appeared to be possibly under the influence while asking people in the area for gasoline was handcuffed instead.

It was around noon Tuesday that a Tuolumne County deputy was dispatched to the Mono Way area near Hess Avenue in East Sonora. Once at the scene, the deputy found a Sonoran woman and her friend near their disabled vehicle. Sheriff officials said when the deputy asked the vehicle owner for her name, she used her friend’s name to identify herself. Moments later, her friend allegedly called the woman by her real name, Melissa, causing the deputy to become suspicious.

After further interrogation, the woman’s real name and the reason she gave the false name were revealed. Sheriff’s officials said Melissa Knowles, 39, gave a false name in an attempt to avoid arrest on two drug-related warrants.

Knowles was arrested for providing a false name to a peace officer with the misdemeanor warrants. Sheriff officials revealed that inside the jail, a small bag of methamphetamine was found in his pocket labeled on the charge of bringing a controlled substance into the jail. She was placed on $25,000 bond.


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