HAPPY VALLEY, Calif. – An Anderson man has been arrested after he led authorities on a high-speed chase before crashing his car into a ditch on Happy Valley Road.
34-year-old Travis John Byrd was arrested Thursday morning after the Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies said they found him nearby the wreck hiding in a patch of berry bushes.
The pursuit started around 2:46 a.m. Thursday when an on-patrol deputy noticed a Ford Mustang driving in front of him, northbound on Highway 273. The driver made several vehicle violations, which caused the deputy to believe the driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, authorities said.
The deputy attempted to stop the Mustang, but the driver, identified as Byrd, starting speeding northbound onto Canyon Road and led the deputy on a purist into the Happy Valley area.
Byrd’s driving behavior started to become very dangerous as he drove into the oncoming lane, at very high rates of speed, deputies said. Due to the risk that the driver was creating for the public, the deputy stopped the pursuit on Happy Valley Road near Hawthorne Ave.
While still on-patrol, the deputy later found the Mustang in a ditch off the side of Happy Valley Road and Triple S Drive. Investigators said Byrd lost control of the vehicle after the pursuit and crashed.
Byrd was found by deputies and arrested on suspicion of felony evading a peace officer in a vehicle and violating his probation. Byrd was also arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of a traffic collision.
According to the sheriff’s report, Byrd was previously in prison for attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly and was released in January 2020.