Ukiah woman threatens to drive her car into ex-boyfriend’s bedroom (press release)

Threatening to drive you car through a house on easily checkable public messaging apps doesn't pay.


Editor’s Note: The following information is from a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office press release. The Mendocino Voice has not verified the information; all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

MENDOCINO Co. 2/21/17 — This seems to be another incident of misdemeanor domestic violence, but with a twist. Allegedly Justine Battersby, 38, and her boyfriend, 51, were involved in some altercations, which escalated. Eventually the male victim called the police at which point deputies for the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office responded. Allegedly Battersby had been repeatedly harassing her boyfriend, sending him texts and messages through Facebook messenger, saying that she would drive her car through the front of his house, into his bedroom.

In domestic disputes, the point at which someone sends you a written message saying they’re going to smash up your house, might be the point at which you call the police.

The following is a press release from the MCSO:

DATE:  February 21, 2017


Incident Number:

422 PC (Criminal Threats)

243(e)(1) PC (Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Battery)

45000 block of Ukiah Street in Mendocino, CA

Date of Incident:

8:00 PM

Adult Male (51 year-old from Mendocino, CA)

Justine Battersby (38 year-old female from Albion, CA)

Written By:
Sergeant Scott Poma #2294

On 02-18-2017 Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to an unwanted person at a residence located in the 45000 block of Ukiah Street in Mendocino, California.

Upon arrival Deputies contacted a 51 year-old male who advised his ex-girlfriend, Justine Battersby, refused to leave his residence when she was asked to leave.

Further investigation revealed that on 02-14-2017 the male and Battersby were involved in a verbal altercation which turned into a physical altercation where Battersby kicked the male in the leg.

It was further learned that Battersby had also been sending the male threats via the Facebook Messenger and by text messaging.

These threats communicated she was going to drive her vehicle into his bedroom knowing his bedroom was at the front of his residence.  Battersby continued to threaten the male by communicating she would have him physically assaulted by herself and others.

Deputies subsequently arrested Battersby’s on charges of 422 PC (Criminal Threats) and 243(e)(1) PC (Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Battery).

Battersby was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where she was to be held in lieu of $20,000.00 bail.

Approved by:
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten

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