Redding transient hijacks USPS truck

May 21, 2015 12:46 PM by News Staff

Redding police reportedly arrested a drug induced man who a seized control of a United States Postal Services truck Wednesday morning.

Police were called to the 700 block of Locust Street around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. A Redding mailman told officers a transient holding a bottle of whiskey had hopped in his truck and was eating his lunch.

Officers found known transient Christopher Sage, 28, at the scene refusing to exit the truck. Sgt. Aaron Maready said in a news release that Sage appeared to be high on meth.

The postal worker told police he had parked the truck to make a delivery and was confronted by Sage, who claimed the postal worker had poisoned his whiskey. After the confrontation Sage jumped in the truck.

Sage was pepper sprayed by officers, taken to the ground and handcuffed, but he somehow managed to continue kicking, spitting at and biting officers. While fighting with officers he reportedly made animal noises and growled, and at one point said he was being cut in half with a saw.

Police eventually got Sage into a patrol car and he tried to kick out the windows, forcing officers to pull him out of the car and restrain his legs.

Sage was booked into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of robbery, possession of meth, possession of a knife, prowling and resisting arrest.


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