A drunk driver collided head on with a CHP patrol vehicle causing injuries to the officer

CHP officers were in pursuit of a drunk driver who was driving without his lights on when he collided head-on with a CHP patrol vehicle causing injuries to the officer.

Posted: Feb 22, 2020 2:51 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2020 2:52 PM

REDDING, Calif. - A drunk driver collided head-on with a CHP patrol vehicle in Redding causing injuries to the officer.

This happened Friday, Feb 21 just before midnight. 

Officials say the Redding Communication Center received information that Cal Fire and Shasta County Deputies were attempting to locate a Ford Mustang that was driving without its lights on. 

Police say law enforcement lost sight of the vehicle on SR-44 near Victor Avenue. Moments later, a Northern Division helicopter saw the vehicle on I-5 northbound, from SR-299 at a high rate of speed. The helicopter followed the vehicle, providing locations and direction of travel.

CHP units located the Ford Mustang on Boulder Drive. The vehicle collided head-on with one CHP patrol vehicle, causing injuries to the officer.

Police say the suspect, Garret Paden of Salem Oregon was taken into custody and booked into Shasta County Jail for numerous charges. 

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