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RPD expresses frustration after judge dismisses 108 infractions against chronic offender

Photo courtesy of the Redding Police Department.

Update:

In an update posted by the Redding Police Department, police said Smerber was arrested again on the evening of February 5.

Police said he was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and unable to care for himself.

Smerber was held until his arraignment on Wednesday where his bail was set at $130,000 by Judge Adam Ryan.

Smerber will remain in custody until trial or he makes bail.

Original Article:

The Redding Police Department took to Facebook Wednesday morning to express their frustration about a decision made by a Shasta County judge Monday.

According to the post, police say on February 4, Judge Daryl Kennedy dismissed 108 infractions against a Redding chronic offender, Jeffrey Patrick Smerber.

Smerber was required to appear in Shasta County Superior Court on 13 misdemeanor cases and 108 infraction citations that ranged from public intoxication, indecent exposure, alcohol in city parks, alcohol in public, and failure to appear.

All violations that police say have affected the quality of life of Redding residents and businesses.

The Redding Police Department said Smerber was recently added to their Chronic Offender Accountability Program due to the high volume of calls for service his behavior creates.

Police say Smerber failed to appear on February 4 and this would normally result in failure to appear warrants for some or all of the pending charges, but not in this case.

Judge Kennedy heard a motion from the Public Defender's Office requesting dismissal of the 108 infractions, "in the interest of justice."

Police said despite objections by the Shasta County District Attorney's Office, Judge Kennedy dismissed the violations with no reason given.

According to the department's post, had Smerber been convicted of the 108 infractions, his fine could have totaled $73,794.50 or converted to work program.

Police say the 13 misdemeanor cases are still pending issuance of a warrant for his failure to appear.

The Redding Police Department said they will continue to address quality of life crimes in the City of Redding to keep their citizens safe.

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