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Deputies arrest man on escape charge after he ran out of court

PRESCOTT – Authorities arrested 22-year-old Anthony Jacob Gabaldon of Prescott Valley on a third-degree escape charge after he allegedly tried to run out of the Prescott Justice Court while hand-cuffed.

According to a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office report, on Wednesday at around 11:30 a.m., Justice of the Peace Arthur Markham revoked Gabaldon's pre-trial release. He was in court on four misdemeanor charges.

Immediately after the order, a courtroom bailiff handcuffed Gabaldon. At that point, he reportedly ran out of the courtroom and managed to escape from the courthouse.

As Gabaldon ran away from the courthouse in handcuffs, an off-duty Chino Valley firefighter saw him and followed him to the intersection of Marina and Goodwin streets, where he was sitting on the ground.

The firefighter approached Gabaldon and convinced him to remain seated. He then flagged down responding YCSO deputies, who took Gabaldon to the Yavapai County Jail. A judge has not yet set his bond.

YCSO says DUI checkpoints in county are legal

PRESCOTT – The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says that impaired driver checkpoints that law enforcement agencies have been conducting throughout Yavapai County are legal.

According to a YCSO report, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Arizona Supreme Court have both ruled that sobriety checkpoints are legal, constitutional and an effective method of impaired driver enforcement.

The need to curtail impaired driving and ensure safe roadways reportedly outweighs the minimal delay that a non-impaired driver will experience at a sobriety checkpoint.

Since December 2002, the YCSO Special Crimes Unit has hosted three impaired driver checkpoints in Yavapai County that resulted in 24 arrests. During that time, law enforcement stopped 1,150 motorists.

Public response to these checkpoints reportedly has been overwhelmingly favorable. However, some people have question their legality.

An impaired driver checkpoint is a manpower-intensive DUI enforcement strategy, designed to contact a large number of motorists at a single time. The ultimate goal of a checkpoint is to educate the motoring public about the dangers of impaired driving.

During a saturation patrol, deputies and officers, working in radio patrol cars, will enforce impaired driver laws through general traffic enforcement.

A law enforcement agency or a partnership of multiple agencies will occasionally saturate a particular area on a specified day or night, for the purpose of increased public safety through impaired driver enforcement.

On Aug. 30, the Northern Arizona DUI Task Force hosted an impaired driver saturation patrol, which resulted in 14 arrests.

During the first week of October, the Northern Arizona DUI Task Force plans to conduct another impaired driver checkpoint.

Prescott Valley man faces charge of sex with minor

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Authorities arrested 23-year-old Charles Thigpen of Prescott Valley on a sexual conduct with a minor charge in connection with an incident during which he allegedly sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl.

According to Prescott Valley Police Lt. P.J. Janik, on Saturday the suspect allegedly had consensual intercourse with the minor at his residence in the 4500 block of North Ranger Road. Two days later, a foster parent called police to report the incident.

Janik said because the girl is a minor and mentally disabled, officers arrested Thigpen.

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