Felony hit and run suspect arrested in Palermo

Oct 30, 2014 5:38 PM by News Staff

A felony hit and run suspect has been arrested in Butte County after a manhunt through the Palermo area caused a local school to be locked down Thursday afternoon.

Authorities say the incident started Thursday morning when the unidentified suspect fled the scene of an accident. The accident, which left one person injured, escalated into a manhunt Thursday afternoon when a California Highway Patrol officer spotted the suspect on Foothill Road.

The CHP officer attempted to pull over the suspect, but the man fled on foot. Officers continued to pursue the man and eventual cornered him inside a Baldwin Avenue home. From there an Oroville Police Department K9 pinned down the suspect's exact location and he was apprehended by CHP officers and Butte County Sheriff's deputies. The suspect did not exit the house willingly, but authorities say it was not a violent exchange.

The suspect reportedly has a history with the Butte County Sheriff's Office and during the pursuit officers were told to consider the man armed and dangerous.

During the pursuit officials briefly ordered the lockdown of Palermo School. The condition of the hit and run victim is currently unknown, but officials say no injuries were reported during the pursuit.


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