DATE:  "February 27, 2020"


Incident Number: 

245(a)(1) PC (Assault With Deadly Weapon Not Firearm) 

148 PC (Resist Delay Peace Officer)

1203.2 PC (Revoke Probation)

11550(a) HS (Under Influence Controlled Substance)

1300 block of North State Street in Ukiah, CA

Date of Incident: 

8:01 A.M.

Adult Male (53 year-old from Ukiah, CA)

Adult Male (48 year-old from Ukiah, CA)

Benjamin Kimpton (39 year-old from Ukiah, CA)

Written By: 
Sergeant Eric Riboli #2412

On 02-27-2020 at approximately 8:01 A.M. Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a fight between two subjects, one of which had an aggressive Pitt bull in the 1300 block of North State Street in Ukiah, California. 

Deputies responded to the area and contacted a 53 year-old male who stated he was in an argument with a male subject, subsequently identified as Benjamin Kimpton.  During the argument, Kimpton commanded his Pitt bull to attack him.  

As one of the Deputies was obtaining the 53 year-old male's statement, a second Deputy contacted Kimpton nearby. 

Kimpton was carrying a large Pitt bull dog on his shoulders and would not obey to the Deputy's verbal commands.  Kimpton walked away from the Deputy and refused to follow lawful commands. 

Both Deputies followed Kimpton as he continued walking away from them.  At one point Kimpton put his Pitt bull down and let it loose.  The dog approached the Deputies in an aggressive manner; which caused the Deputies to deploy their pepper spray (oleoresin capsicum) in self defense.  

Kimpton continued his attempt to flee the area with the aggressive dog by his side and Deputies were forced to deploy a Taser; which had no effect. 

As Kimpton approached a local restaurant open for business, Deputies deployed a second Taser which caused Kimpton to stop and fall to the ground. 

The Pitt bull fled the area after the second Taser deployment. 

Kimpton was secured in handcuffs and placed in the back of a patrol car.  Deputies observed Kimpton displayed objective signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

During their investigation, Deputies learned Kimpton attempted to command his Pitt bull to attack the 53 year-old male and had physically assaulted a 48 year-old old male the night prior, causing injury to an area of his head. 

The Deputies also learned Kimpton was on active probation in Mendocino County.

As Deputies continued their investigation, they developed probable cause to believe Kimpton committed the crimes of 245(a)(1) PC (Assault With Deadly Weapon, Not Firearm), 148 PC (Resist Delay Peace Officer), 1203.2 PC (Revoke Probation), 11550(a) HS (Under Influence Controlled Substance).

Kimpton was arrested and transported to the Adventist Health Ukiah Valley hospital where he was medically cleared for incarceration. 

Kimpton was then booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was held in lieu of $30,000.00 bail.

Approved by: 
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten  #1184
Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Matthew Kendall, Sheriff-Coroner
951 Low Gap Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-4411,
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