Traffic stop turns into 20 mile high speed chase

May 7, 2015 2:30 PM by News Staff

Shasta County authorities say what began as a traffic stop turned into a high speed chase in Redding Wednesday night.

According to the sheriff's office, a deputy tried to stop a motorcyclist on Highway 273 near Clear Creek Road, but the driver, later identified as 33-year-old Joseph Placid, of Redding, fled the area.

Placid led deputies on a 20-mile chase reaching speeds of over 100 mph, until he crashed his motorcycle into a deputy's cruiser on Kenyon Drive near Cedars road.

Placid, who was not injured in the crash, was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and evading.

According to the sheriff's office, Placid's license was suspended due to a previous DUI conviction.


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