Sunday, 25 February 2024

Driver arrested for DUI following roadside confrontation

MIDDLETOWN – A Loch Lomond man was arrested Wednesday for driving under the influence after an alleged run-in with a local woman that at first appeared like a road rage incident.


The California Highway Patrol arrested 28-year-old Kevin Paul Fleenor shortly before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, said CHP Officer Adam Garcia.


Katherine Gibbel, 42, of Middletown was driving her Ford Excursion northbound on Highway 29 with Fleenor, in a white Mitsubishi Lancer, driving behind her, said Garcia.


Fleenor allegedly was driving erratically and making hand gestures, said Garcia. Gibbel felt threatened and called 911 to report a road rage incident.


“Our officers responded along with the sheriff's department,” said Garcia.


Gibbel and Fleenor stopped at the construction spot by the Bar X Ranch, Garcia. There, Fleenor got out of his vehicle and allegedly attempted to confront Gibbel.


The construction workers on site – including Caltrans staff – prevented the confrontation from escalating, said Garcia.


Garcia said Fleenor then turned around and headed back toward Middletown, where he was stopped near Wardlaw by CHP Officer Carl Thompson.


Thompson concluded that Fleenor allegedly was under the influence of drugs, the effect of which was making him delusional, said Garcia.


Fleenor, Garcia said, made statements about being followed and being the victim of a conspiracy, of which he thought the construction workers who stopped his near confrontation with Gibbel were a part.


Thompson consequently arrested Fleenor for DUI and being under the influence of controlled substances, said Garcia.


Fleenor was booked into the Lake County Jail, with bail set at $5,000. He was released on bail later in the day, according to jail records.


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