Early morning high speed chase leads to 2 arrests in Chico

During the early morning hours of December 8, an officer with the Chico Police Department saw a car driving fast on E. Lassen Avenue near Cohasset Road in north Chico.

Posted: Dec 8, 2017 12:50 PM

During the early morning hours of December 8, an officer with the Chico Police Department saw a car driving fast on E. Lassen Avenue near Cohasset Road in north Chico.

The car did not stop at the officer’s red lights and siren when a traffic stop was initiated.

It was determined that the vehicle was stolen during a residential burglary the prior day.

The driver of the vehicle was 36 year old Eva Barnes-Cervantes.

She led officers on a pursuit through rural roads north of Chico for 57 miles, lasting more than an hour.

During the pursuit the suspect’s vehicles front tires were damaged with the use of a spike strip that was deployed by the CHP.

The vehicle was disabled and Cervantes was arrested with no further incident.

Jonathan Johns was a passenger in the car and was arrested for two outstanding felony warrants.

Cervantes was arrested on multiple felony charges including vehicle theft and evading a police officer with willful disregard for the safety of others.

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