Authorities seek driver, passenger of stolen pickup following high-speed chase

Dec 2, 2015 11:43 AM by News Staff

Two people were able to evade authorities after a high-speed chase spanned 19 miles from Anderson to Jones Valley late Tuesday night.

The chase started around 11:30 p.m., when an Anderson police officer spotted an apparent drug deal happening in the parking lot of the Shell Gas Station on Gateway Drive.

The officer followed one of the vehicles, a white Toyota Tacoma, onto Balls Ferry Road, where the driver pulled to the side. As the officer prepared to approach the vehicle, the passenger ran out of the car on foot and the pickup sped away.

The truck sped northbound on Airport Road at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

Weather conditions and traffic forced the pursuing Anderson officer and a Shasta County sheriff’s deputy to back off as the chase continued on Old Oregon Trail.

The chase picked back up a short time later, when a Redding police officer saw the Tacoma driving eastbound in Highway 299. The driver turned onto Intermountain Road and lost officers again.

The truck was eventually found abandoned on a dirt trail off of Creek Trail, roughly 19 miles from where the initial pursuit started. Neither the driver nor the passenger were located.

The truck was found to have been stolen out of Red Bluff, and had license plates that were stolen off of a Tacoma in Anderson.


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