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Car pursuit through Gridley halts traffic, hits 2 police vehicles

A routine traffic stop turns into a chase through Gridley that results in damage to two police vehicles.

Posted: Feb 15, 2021 2:49 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2021 4:34 PM

GRIDLEY, Calif. - Gridley Police Officers apprehended a driver that took off after a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon.

Officers observed a Lexus traveling eastbound on Hazel St. going over the 30 miles per hour speed limit.

The driver Michael Harrison, a 19-year-old Gridley resident, pulled over in a Starbucks parking lot. Harrison was on active probation with Butte County for resisting an Executive Officer.

Harrison was also unlicensed and when asked to exit the vehicle by an officer grabbing his hand, with the other hand Harrison put the car in drive and sped off. Going past 50 miles per hour, Harrison took officers through several residential streets and intersections.

On South Ohio St. an officer was able to cut off Harrison. When an officer attempted to exit his vehicle, Harrison put his vehicle in reverse and collided with that officer’s front bumper. Harrison attempted to drive off again, but another officer pulled up to the rear of Harrison’s vehicle, and Harrison reversed and collided with the second policeman’s vehicle.

Police were able to pin Harrison’s vehicle to a tree and prevented any further escapes. Harrison and the passenger were both handcuffed. Neither party received any injuries.

Harrison told officers he fled because he thought he was going to jail. Harrison was not a wanted person and nothing illegal was found in his vehicle, according to police. The passenger was released after an interview with the police.

Harrison was booked in the Butte County Jail for felony probation violation, felony evading, assault with a deadly weapon, felony vandalism and felony false imprisonment. His bail is set at $195,000.

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