Evans, 49, was escorted from City Hall and arrested outside on suspicion of disrupting a public meeting and on suspicion of public intoxication after a screaming, finger-pointing diatribe about how about how an ambulance station near his home has turned his life into “13 years of hell.”
"You don't know what it's like," he told Capt. John Espinoza moments before his arrest. "It's 24, 7."
He was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp and released today.
Evans did not answer the door at his neatly landscaped Bessie Avenue home, across the street and about a half block north of American Medical Response station at the corner of Bessie and Beverly Place, across the street from the Sutter Tracy Community Hospital.
Neighbors on the quaint street said the ambulance business is no bother.
Alvaro Rodriguez five years ago moved immediately next door to American Medical Response, into a blue home surrounded by blooming flowers.
He said he never notices the ambulances, and few other disturbances on the street.
Some mornings, medics alert him before testing sirens on vehicles, which is OK with him, he said.
Businesses near Evans are familiar with his complaints.
A representative at Life Designs, a health club across from where ambulances take off, said Evans has complained in the past about lights in their building.
One ambulance company employee at the station today said Evans had bemoaned the amount of traffic in and out of the station
Barry Elzig, an AMR general manager who works in Stockton, said the business moved into the building 30 years ago.
He said generally, ambulances dispatched from Beverly Place wait to turn on lights and sirens until they’re on a main road.
“When we’re in residential areas, we try to be as quiet as we can, but it depends on the patient’s condition,” he said. “When we’re leaving and coming into a house, we’re just as noisy as the fire department.”
Evans grew up in Tracy, though what he does for a living is unclear. He was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness twice before, once in 2001 and again in 2003, said Tracy police spokesman Sgt. Tony Sheneman.
Contact Tracy Press reporter Cassie Tomlin at 830-4225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.