Expired Vehicle Registration Leads to Arrest of Two Pleasant Hill Residents on Drug Charges

January 12, 2018 8:00 am · 38 comments

On Wednesday at 8:45 a.m., a Walnut Creek Police Officer saw a vehicle with expired registration, and after conducting a traffic stop, the officer learned the occupants were on probation and parole, according to police.

A search of the vehicle yielded a loaded firearm, over 100 grams of methamphetamine along with other narcotics, police said.

The suspects were identified by police as 55-year-old Pleasant Hill resident Daniel Lucas. He was arrested for possession of a loaded firearm, possession of methamphetamine for sale, other narcotic related charges and probation violation. 50-year-old Damon Cornell, also from Pleasant Hill, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and parole violation, police said.

commoncents January 12, 2018 at 8:02 AM

I’ll be waiting for all the “over the hill” comments……

It makes sense to me January 12, 2018 at 8:04 AM

Guys time to grow up.

Yves Harlowe January 12, 2018 at 8:20 AM

Article didn’t specify if they were on parole for felonies, but assuming that to be the case, possession of a firearm at all, let alone loaded, in their car, is prohibited right there. And having a firearm along with illegal drugs? You don’t want to do that. Or at least if you care about about your future and not spending it in prison you don’t want to do that. I’m glad they were caught. I’m hoping they don’t get out on bail and roam free again.

Adam12 January 12, 2018 at 2:24 PM

You are not put on parole for a misdemeanor. Parole is for felonies only.

WC Res January 12, 2018 at 8:24 AM

50+ yr olds still pullin’ this ‘s’. smh

Silva January 12, 2018 at 8:25 AM

Thank you, Walnut Creek Police Officer.

Reality says... January 12, 2018 at 9:16 AM


Concord January 12, 2018 at 2:14 PM


WC resident January 12, 2018 at 8:28 AM

I’m wondering if the car will also be impounded and sold or if that’s only something the feds do.

As they are apparently not felons (and unlikely ever to be with prop 47) do they get the firearm plus ammunition back?

Anon January 12, 2018 at 8:49 AM

The one that got parole violation is a felon.

CPT Obvious January 12, 2018 at 11:49 AM

Sales and transportation for sales are still felonies. Simple possession for personal use is a misdemeanor.

I’m sure they will try the “Costco” (buying in bulk) defense but 100 grams is sales weight.

Possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm, and possession of ammunition by a felon are misdemeanors and a parole and probation violation. Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime is a sentencing and bail enhancement.

The firearm and ammunition are evidence of a crime and cannot be released until the case is adjudicated. If and this is a big IF, they are not prohibited from owning a firearm and they are found not guilty, they could petition the Court for the return of their property. The DA may also petition the Court for the items to be destroyed. If they are convicted the items will be destroyed.

The only way to forfeit a vehicle is if it is owned outright by the criminal (not making payments to the bank or a borrowed /leased vehicle with exceptions of the owner being a party to the crime). What do you think the chances are of one of these two fine upstanding citizens owning a vehicle without a lean and it is worth more than the cost of towing it is? I’m thinking zero to none.

If they stay in jail it will likely be sold by the tow yard for fees.

KingOfC January 12, 2018 at 8:59 AM

50 years old still living the dream, that damn crank is a hell of a drug it’s unfortunate

That crazy 1 January 12, 2018 at 10:02 AM

OG Woods were not playin tho

dinkydau January 12, 2018 at 10:23 AM

looks like San Quentin guys. they both look worn and tired.

Homer January 12, 2018 at 10:46 AM

2007.. Four Contra Costa residents and a Benicia woman have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and conspiracy in a case reported by police Wednesday.

Damon Cornell, 39, of Pleasant Hill; siblings Christal Palmer, 23, and Christopher Palmer, 21, of Pacheco; Gunter Mannich, 55, of Lafayette; and Katherine Lance, 22, of Benicia have been in Napa County Jail since their arrest Monday

Wonder when got out from this one?

Neighborly January 12, 2018 at 11:34 AM

4th quarter of last year

Ricardus January 12, 2018 at 11:37 AM

Sigh… we really should be building more prisons instead of releasing these criminals. Thanks prop 47 and 57.

It makes sense to me January 12, 2018 at 10:55 AM

They look like those guys that escaped from Alcatraz.

Wage Slave January 12, 2018 at 11:17 AM

The tweakers in Pleasant Hill are getting out of control. Can’t walk down the steet without passing by a couple of them. More arrests like these please. Good job WCPD.

PH Worry-wart January 13, 2018 at 8:10 PM

tweakers are everywhere…hiding like vampire scum…

CRO who? January 12, 2018 at 11:58 AM

Maybe P Hill should focus on actually dealing with the problems they have rather than just pushing them outside the city limits until darkness falls.

The Mamba January 12, 2018 at 12:05 PM

It’s gettin, it’s gettin, it’s gettin kind of methy.

94521 January 12, 2018 at 12:12 PM

Glad they got these thugs off the streets!

Be kind January 12, 2018 at 12:27 PM

They are too old to be doing this. I hope they get help.

Meth hater January 12, 2018 at 1:18 PM

Rot in prison meth scum

Anonymous January 12, 2018 at 1:22 PM

@be kind
Stop being silly

Mojodojo January 12, 2018 at 1:22 PM

Ricardus, more prisons are not the answer. Rehabs, housing, and employment are what’s needed. I work for an AB109 program where we deal with re-entering citizens and give them employment opportunities. After being released from prison, a person is given a $200 check and a “good luck” from the state. Then what? Most are homeless, uneducated, have drug issues or mental issues. Most WANT to stay out of the system, but due to felonies, employers don’t want to give them a chance. So they do what they know best to get money. More public knowledge of how to reduce recidivism is needed. Not more prisons. Give a felon a chance. Someone gave me one, and I’ve been employed for over 2 years now, never having a “real” job in my 47yrs! I love working with this population, knowing that I am helping an individual change their lives, and helping make our community a better place. Hire a felon and make a difference!

Homer January 12, 2018 at 1:59 PM

Good for you Mojodojo! Good luck!,

Silva January 12, 2018 at 8:07 PM

Hear hear!

4real January 13, 2018 at 10:44 PM

Mojodojo… I don’t believe anybody could top your comment. It was a pleasure reading it. Thank you

3rdrail9er January 12, 2018 at 1:32 PM

car make and color? Just curious…

Original G January 12, 2018 at 4:10 PM

The new NORMAL in California, criminals walking our streets on either Probation or Parole.

You’ll be relieved to learn just for the Parole violation alone, the most time that could be imposed will be 180 days in County Jail. But because of jail overcrowding jail time will probably be 10 days or less. Plus if any of the new crimes are ones covered under AB-109 passed by Democrats back in 2011, any sentence imposed after a conviction by the Court will be automatically cut in HALF.

Democrats have turned deterrence of crime thru threat of incarceration in California into a farcical JOKE.

CPT Obvious January 13, 2018 at 8:43 AM

Funny, the Morrissey hearings I’ve been involved with the maximum time was a year, excluding good time/work time. What is the case law that changed that?

Kimberly Dunn January 12, 2018 at 5:37 PM

Do you think we could have the WC police come to Antioch? I bet 25%
Of the cars have expired tags. Some 3-4 yrs

Abbie R. January 12, 2018 at 7:35 PM

Every Meth head or coke Addict I ever knew of has a brain stroke in their 50’s.

Potato Head January 12, 2018 at 10:29 PM

Two strikes and you’re out! Get one conviction, get out, and get arrested and convicted again should earn the death penalty. Such fools are simply a blight on our society.

4real January 13, 2018 at 10:17 PM

OMG! You seriously need to keep your comments to yourself. Death penalty? They Didn’t kill anybody. You obviously gave yourself the screename potato head because you have the brains of a potato. You need to look back at mojo dojo’s comment. Now that is a person with a brain and makes complete sense. Let’s be real Potato Head.

PH Worry-wart January 13, 2018 at 8:08 PM


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