RED BLUFF, Calif. – An inmate released from prison early because of COVID-19 is now in custody for a deadly hit-and-run in Red Bluff.
On Saturday, Aug. 8, around 6:43 p.m., an officer with the Red Bluff Police Department initiated a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle near the 1000 block of Walnut Street.
The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 40-year-old Brian Son, of Red Bluff, failed to stop and led officers on a pursuit. During the pursuit, a passenger, identified as 38-year old, David Alan Lee Jr., of Red Bluff, jumped out of Son's car and died after Son ran over him, according to police.
The pursuit ended on the 300 block of Paskenta Road when Son exited the vehicle and ran into a garage where he had been living, according to police. Officers chased after him and he arrested by Red Bluff Police and deputies from the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office.
In the garage, officers said they located several stolen firearms. Also located in the garage, were 38-year-old, Jeremy Swain, of Red Bluff and 42-year-old, Pedro Avila, of Gerber.
Swain and Avila were arrested for obstructing a Peace Officer, according to Red Bluff PD. Son, Swain, and Avila were booked into the Tehama County Jail.
Investigators from the Tehama County Major Crimes Unit as well as officers from Tehama County Probation, and California Highway Patrol responded and assisted with the investigation.
Son was scheduled to be released from prison on Dec. 24, 2020 however, he was released early on July 14, 2020, due to COVID-19. Son failed to report to probation since his release.
This case is still under investigation. Officers said additional charges will be filed with the Tehama County District Attorney’s Office.