PREVIOUSLYMr. Sleepy Nods Off in Wrong Spot

From the Eureka Police Department:


On 3-18-13, at about 3:30 PM, an officer with the Eureka Police Department received a tip about a male subject passed out inside a white van parked on the 1500 block of 2nd Street, Eureka. The officer responded to the location and located the white Chrysler van in the parking lot of the apartment building there.

The officer approached the van and observed a male subject, later identified as Michael Edward Sovereign, slumped over in the driver’s seat. The officer woke Sovereign who stated he was “just taking a nap.” A records check revealed Sovereign was on formal felony probation for possession of a controlled substance. His probation terms included submitting to search and seizure.

During a subsequent search of Sovereign’s person pursuant to his probation conditions, the officer located a baggie containing approximately 12.3 grams (nearly ½ ounce) of crystal methamphetamine.

The officer then conducted an additional probation search at Sovereign’s nearby apartment. Inside Sovereign’s room, the officer located a realistic air soft pistol with its safety markings removed, drug use paraphernalia (glass meth pipe), and a hockey puck-sized piece of suspected concentrated cannabis/hash (approximately 41.2 grams or 1 ½ ounces).

Sovereign, age 67 of Eureka, was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of a controlled substance and probation violation.