Paso Robles mayoral candidate arrested on Election Day

Jeff Rougeot is held on $1.1 million bail after allegedly making criminal threats and brandishing a firearm

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comNovember 7, 2012 

Jeff Rougeot, 45, of Paso Robles was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, on suspicion of driving under the influence, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, making criminal threats and brandishing a firearm, as well as four violations of a family court order. Original story »

An unsuccessful candidate for Paso Robles mayor was booked in San Luis Obispo County Jail on Election Day on about $1.1 million bail on suspicion of a string of alleged crimes in September and October, including felony charges for making criminal threats and brandishing a firearm.

Superior Court Judge John Trice remanded Jeff Rougeot, 45, of Paso Robles on a series of warrants issued Tuesday.

Rougeot remained at County Jail late Wednesday and is due in court for his arraignment today.

The owner of Radtunz Car Stereo, Rougeot was booked on suspicion of four misdemeanors, two for driving under the influence and two for being under the influence of alcohol or drugs; two felonies, one for making criminal threats and another for brandishing a firearm; and four violations of a family court order, including three issued to protect against domestic violence, according to jail records.

The felonies reportedly occurred Sept. 22, when Paso Robles police found probable cause that Rougeot made criminal threats in an incident that involved a gun, Lt. Ty Lewis said.

Lewis declined to elaborate, although he said the statute under which the charge was made describes someone who intended to inflict bodily harm to terrorize, not to make terrorist threats.

Police also took reports recently involving Rougeot for alleged grand theft, vandalism and trespassing, police said, but they don’t appear on Rougeot’s County Jail records online.

Police had forwarded those reports to the District Attorney’s Office. Rougeot had been previously arrested and booked into County Jail on suspicion of several of the alleged crimes but had made bail on some of them, according to the district attorney. He allegedly committed additional crimes after his release.

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