A man riding a weapon-studded bicycle without a light on Christmas night in Lakeport was arrested because officers suspected he had methamphetamine and at least one concealed dagger.
Mark Anthony Deanda, 51, of Lakeport was spotted by police cycling on the 1800 block of North High Street at 11 p.m. on Christmas night. The officer caught up with Deanda on Montana Vista Street and advised him to stop, according to a news release from the Lakeport Police Department.
That's when the officer noticed a black knife under Deanda's grip that appeared to be attached to the handlebars, police said. The officer removed the knife and said it had a 3-inch fixed blade.
The officer found out Deanda had an outstanding arrest warrant with a $50,000 bail, so he arrested him, and while conducting a search found a small, white rock-like substance believed to be methamphetamine and a glass pipe, police said.
Deanda got into the patrol car to be taken to Hill Road Jail. But then, from the back seat, he complained that something was poking him. That nagging poke came from a 4-inch, dual-bladed knife that was between Deanda's hands and his handcuffs, officers said. The police believe the knife was Deanda's, so they charged him with possession of a concealed dirk or dagger. That was on top of charges of possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia.
Deanda was booked at the Hill Road Jail and bail was set at $65,000.