CHP arrests driver after high-speed chase through Oroville

The CHP arrested a man they said led officers on an hour-long high-speed chase throughout Butte County Thursday morning.

Posted: Mar 18, 2021 6:38 AM
Updated: Mar 18, 2021 4:54 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrested a man they said led officers on a high-speed chase from Palermo to South Oroville Thursday morning. 

The CHP said deputies from the Butte County Sheriff's Office tried to pull over a Black Honda driven by Francisco Rosales of Oroville on Palermo Road and Gene Lane at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

Deputies then saw Rosales speed off, creating the start of an almost hour-long chase.

Butte County deputies then asked for assistance from CHP to chase Rosales starting at Miners Ranch Road and Oro Bangor Highway.

From there, Rosales drove to communities east of Oroville and then Oroville city limits.

At times Rosales was going 90 miles per hour during the chase before ending near Virginia Avenue in South Oroville, according to CHP.

Rosales' car transmission went out and the vehicle died at that street. He then got out of the car and tried to run away from officers - at times hopping through backyard fences.

He then tried to hide behind some grass in a nearby field. But officers were quickly able to locate him, with the help of a helicopter from the Auburn area.

Deputies booked Rosales at the Butte County Jail with several charges including driving under the influence.

Officers said Rosales did have a female passenger but the CHP could not locate her.

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