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High speed vehicle pursuit ends at the Mangrove plaza in Chico

A high-speed chase that started from an attempted traffic stop just south of Red Bluff ended at the Mangrove Plaza in Chico.

Posted: Feb 22, 2020 2:09 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2020 2:17 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A high-speed vehicle pursuit that began just south of Red Bluff ended up in the Mangrove Plaza in Chico. Action News Now was live at the scene where we spoke to an officer about the pursuit.

The pursuit took place Saturday, Feb 22 around 12 p.m. Police say the pursuit began when a Red Bluff CHP officer attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle when the driver took off at a high speed. 

Police say the pursuit was stopped because of high speeds and safety concerns but was continued through helicopter which followed the vehicle into the Safeway parking lot on Mangrove. 

Chico Police closed off some streets nearby in an attempt to search for the suspect, a male and who was on foot in the area. 

Police say the male suspect ran inside of Safeway where he continued to remove some of his clothing in an attempt to be less distinguishable but then was seen running out of the Safeway and into a nearby Round Table Pizza location where he was apprehended and taken into custody. 

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