CHP Officer stabbed


A Williams Area CHP officer is recovering after being stabbed during a traffic stop Friday night.

Just after 10:30 PM on Friday, Feb. 15, Phillip Martinson, a Williams Area CHP officer witnessed a vehicle driving northbound on Interstate 5 in excess of 100 miles per hour. Martinson made a traffic stop with the vehicle just south of Myers Rd. in Williams. 

“During the traffic stop, Martinson observed signs of impairment and requested the driver to exit her vehicle in order to perform field sobriety tests,” said Franco Castillo, a press representative for the Williams Area CHP. 

The driver is identified as Haile Neil, 25, of Martinez, CA.

Once outside the vehicle, Castillo said that Neil became belligerent, and attempted to flee from Martinson, and a struggle ensued. 

“During the struggle, Neil pulled a concealed knife from her person and stabbed the officer in the back,” he said.

A passing motorist witnessed the struggle and stopped and assisted the officer with placing Neil into custody. 

“Had no one stopped and assisted the officer, the outcome could had been dire,” Castillo said.

The Good Samaritan was identified as 21-year-old Christian Melendrez, of Arbuckle, a driver for Selover’s Towing in Colusa County.

Martinson sustained non-life-threating injuries. He was treated and released at a trauma center in Chico.

“Officer Martinson is home and recovering,” Castillo said. 

Neil faces several charges, including attempted murder and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

The CHP is asking for any witnesses to the incident to contact the Williams Area CHP office at (530) 473-2821. ■

Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.