High Speed Chase Leads to Crash with Injuries

A man with a history of fleeing from California Highway Patrol officers led the Sheriff's office on a high speed chase today, which ended in a crash that injured innocent people.

Posted: May 1, 2018 1:22 PM
Updated: May 2, 2018 9:48 AM

UPDATE UPDATE 5/1/2018 5:49 p.m.

Oroville, Calif.-- A man with a history of fleeing from California Highway Patrol officers led the Sheriff's office on a high speed chase today, which ended in a crash that injured innocent people.

The driver responsible for this crash is 27-year-old Chris Smith of Oroville and this year alone he has fled from CHP officers on three occasions.


This morning a Butte County Sheriff's Deputy saw Smith driving recklessly on Ophir road, crossing double yellow lines and passing vehicles.

When the deputy tried to pull him over, he accelerated and drove towards Feather River Boulevard, reaching speeds of 90 miles per hour.

When he approached Feather River Boulevard and Cal Oak Road, the pursuit was cancelled in the interest of public safety.

However, that didn't stop smith from continuing to drive at high speeds, running a red light, and crashing into a car that had two occupants inside.

"I don't understand how people could do that. How could people risk their lives and other people's lives," said Robert Gaffnuy, who was standing just feet away from the crash.

Smith was on post release community supervision for vehicle theft and also has a felony warrant for his arrest for vehicle theft and felony evading.

In the past, he's been charged with reckless driving, felony evading, violation of post release community supervision and possession of burglary tools.

Three people were sent to the hospital as a result of this crash, including smith. He is listed as being in good condition. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has not released the status of the two people riding in the car that he crashed into.

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UPDATE 5/1/2018 3:06 p.m.

Oroville, Calif.—The suspect has been identified as Chris Smith, 27 years old of Oroville.

Smith was on Post Release Community Supervision for vehicle theft, and has a felony warrant for his arrest for vehicle theft and felony evading.

CHP advised they have a lengthy history of vehicle theft and pursuits with Smith.

This year alone, Smith has fled CHP officers on three occasions.

Smith has been charged with reckless driving, felony evading, violation of post release community supervision, and possession of burglary tools.

Further charges for driving under the influence may be pending.

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Oroville, Calif.
—Around 9:30 Tuesday morning a deputy with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office witnessed a suspect driving recklessly on Ophir Road.

The person driving the car was crossing double yellow lines, and passing other vehicles.

The deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspect accelerated reaching speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

The suspect reached Feather River Boulevard and Cal Oak Road, and deputies terminated the pursuit in interest of public safety.

The driver continued speeding, running a red light and crashed into another car at Feather River Boulevard and Oro Dam Boulevard.

There were extrications as a result of this crash and three people were taken to the hospital.

Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies could not comment on the extent of the injuries at this time.

The driver of the suspect vehicle was Chris Smith of Oroville.

He had a felony warrant for his arrest.

Deputies say that he was injured in the crash.

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