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High-Speed Chase Down I-5 Unsuccessful in Stopping Suspected Batterer

A high-speed chase was called off after officers followed a suspect from Red Bluff to Orland on Interstate 5 Saturday morning.

Posted: Oct 6, 2018 4:05 PM
Updated: Oct 8, 2018 12:07 PM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - A high-speed chase from Red Bluff to Orland to catch a suspect in a disturbance was unsuccessful. Officers ended up stopping the chase to protect Interstate 5 southbound drivers.

According to the Red Bluff Police Department, officers responded to a report of a disturbance between a man and a woman on Sutter Street at 10:52 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.

Before officers arrived, the man fled the area in a gold- colored vehicle. Officers then located the suspected vehicle on South Main Street at Montgomery Road.  When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled south on I-5 at a high rate of speed.

Officers then pursued with sirens and emergency lights onto the freeway. Sergeant B. Williams said the vehicle hit speeds of up to 100 mph.

When the vehicle got to Orland the pursuit was ended to protect other drivers on the highway.

Sergeant Williams said officers learned the driver had battered the victim before fleeing down the freeway.

They identified the suspect as 28-year-old Martin Perez from Modesto. He is described as a Hispanic male adult about 5' 7" tall, weighing approximately 195 pounds.

Sergeant Williams said they believe he is from the Modesto area and was passing through Red Bluff.

It is unknown what ties he has to the North State.

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