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CHP in Conway Summit 'cat-wrestling match'

July 22, 2014

Highway patrolmen have it tough. On some days they also have it weird.

There are the usual feats of derring-do: uncooperative drunk drivers, the occasional OMG moments when weapons are involved, and … the ever-so-rare, 3 o’clock in the morning cat-wrestling match.

It happened on U.S. 395 near Conway Summit on Tuesday, July 22, according to a CHP spokesman in a news release.

According to the news release, a Mono County Sheriff's deputy was responding to a call for service when he came upon a traffic collision north of Conway Summit. 

The sheriff's deputy requested assistance from the CHP. 

After arriving at the scene, and upon questioning the passenger, Aisia D. Palma, 33, of Mesa, Arizona, officers learned the driver likely fled the scene following the collision.

But that was just the start of one of the oddest incidents lately.

Also inside the car was a cat.

The vehicle, a 2014 Nissan Altima, appeared to have been traveling southbound, when the driver lost control, veered left and collided with the dirt embankment. 

Palma displayed “obvious signs of impairment” related to drug use,” according the release.

Probable cause was established, and a search was conducted during which crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located. 

So, too, was the cat.

Palma was ultimately arrested for felony and misdemeanor controlled substance violations. 

She was transported to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport, where she was booked. 

The Nissan was stored for safe-keeping, but only after the CHP sergeant “gently wrestled Palma's cat from under the seat.”

“The gentle ‘wrestling match’ involved a lot of hissing, some scratching and other feline defensive mechanisms,” according to the news release, referring, no doubt, to just the cat.

“Ultimately, the cat settled down and was delivered into the care of Mono County Animal Control until Ms. Palma is again available to care for her cat.”

A spokesman from the CHP, wrapping up the news release, the CHP declared victory.

“All ended well for everyone,” he said.

The driver, by the way, is still at large.

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