Long-distance car chase ends in crash, driver eludes authorities

May 6, 2014 3:39 PM

A driver led Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies and California Highway Patrol Officers on a car chase that ran from Magalia, to Butte Meadows and westbound on Highway 32, ending with a crash near Forest Ranch.

According to a Butte County Sheriff’s Office press release, a Butte County Deputy attempted to pull over a Saturn hatchback with expired tags on the Skyway from Dogtown Road in Magalia. The vehicle fled northbound on the Skyway.

The driver continued up the Skyway, "driving erratically and gesturing," through Stirling City and on to Butte Meadows. He then headed west to Highway 32 where the CHP joined the pursuit.

The suspect then headed back towards Chico and the CHP took over the primary role.

In Forest Ranch the Sheriff’s Department deployed a spike strip on Highway 32 at Platte Mountain Road. The suspect hit the spikes, lost control of the car and wrecked.

A passenger was located and identified as Brandi Ann Moody, 24, a transient from Paradise.

The driver fled into the woods, and despite a K9 and extensive officer search, he was not located.


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