2 arrested in Redding after vehicle chase injures officer

The Redding Police officer arrested two people with active warrants after a vehicle chase injured a police officer and two civilians.

Posted: Oct 23, 2021 12:28 PM
Updated: Oct 23, 2021 12:29 PM

REDDING, Calif.- Redding Police officers arrested two after a vehicle chase injured an officer and caused a collision that injured two innocent people at the intersection of Palacio Dr. and Shasta View Dr. Friday morning. 

At around 11:17 Redding Police received a call of a suspicious vehicle with an unconscious male and female parked in a residential neighborhood in northeast Redding.

Tyson Popejoy-Farrell, 26, of Redding and Miranda Garrett, 24, of Shingletown were found in a golden GMC Envoy holding knives with the blades exposed in their hands while seemingly sleeping, according to Redding Police. 

Officers opened the driver's door and woke Popejoy-Farrell and ordered him to drop the knife. 

Popejoy-Farrell refused and lifted the knife towards the officers. Popejoy-Farrell began trying to shift the vehicle and was ordered to stop, but he refused to comply and started the vehicle.

An officer grabbed Popejoy-Farrell's arm to try and remove him from the vehicle but the car was put in drive while the officer held on to Popejoy-Farrell with the driver's door still open. 

This resulted in Popejoy-Farrell hitting the officer with his vehicle. The officer sustained minor injuries. 

Popejoy-Farrell fled through various residential neighborhoods and eventually drove on the sidewalk of Old Alturas Rd. to try and evade pursuing officers. He reached the dead-end of Minder Park but drove up the curb, through some bushes, and into Minder Park. 

Popejoy-Farrell drove onto the pedestrian trails of Lema Ranch and nearly hit several people, including children, who were forced to get out of Popejoy-Farrell's way.

Officers stopped pursuing the suspects at Lema Ranch and lost visual. 

A CHP Air Operations helicopter spotted Popejoy-Farrell and Garrett in the greenbelt area of Lema Ranch stopped under a tree. The suspects proceeded to drive off again and went through a fence at the west end of Cilantro Dr. into the Hacienda Heights residential neighborhood. 

To try and stop Popejoy-Farrell two Redding Officers intentionally rammed the GMC Envoy but were unsuccessful in disabling it. 

The suspects continued towards Palacio Dr. towards the intersection with Shasta View Dr. 

Upon entering the intersection Popejoy-Farrell failed to stop at a stop sign and broadsided a white Ford F-150 pickup truck. 

The male driver, 68, and female passenger, 62, both of Redding sustained minor injuries. The airbags deployed and both were wearing their seatbelts.  

Popejoy-Farrell and Garrett fled on foot after their car had been disabled but made it a few hundred yards before being detained and were taken into custody without further incident. 

Officers found ammunition of various calibers, stolen property and drug paraphernalia in the GMC Envoy. 

Both suspects had active felony warrants for their arrest and were wanted by the U.S. Marshal's Office. 

Popejoy-Farrell was booked into the Shasta County Jail for felony counts of exhibiting a deadly weapon to resits arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for safety, hit and run resulting in injury, driving under the influence of drugs resulting in bodily injury, conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person and obstructing/resisting a peace officer by means of threat or violence.

Garrett was booked for felony counts of hit and run resulting in injury, evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for safety, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person. 

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