SHASTA COUNTY, Calif.-
The Shasta County District Attorney says that yesterday, Duane Lee Enquist was sentenced to nine years in state prison.
According to the District Attorney, Enquist also admitted that he had previously been convicted of a serious felony.
SHASTA LAKE CITY, Calif. - The Shasta County Sheriff's Office says an Anderson man led authorities on a wild car chase that nearly ended in Shasta Lake with a passenger inside.
The Sheriff's Office said a deputy with the Shasta Lake City Division was patrolling the area of Shasta Dame Boulevard and Highway 151 at around 2 a.m. Monday. The deputy attempted to pull over Duane Lee Enquist, 52, in the intersection of Highway 151 and Hardenbrook Avenue due to the car not having a rear license plate.
The deputy says the Enquist continued driving, turned south onto Montana Avenue, ran the stop sign, and began speeding the wrong direction on Highway 151. The Sheriff's Office says Enquist turned onto Ashby Road, reaching speeds of 90 miles per hour. Eventually, the chase reached the Centimudi Boat Launch area.
The Sheriff's Office says Enquist drove to the dead end of Kennet Road and the upper parking lot of the boat launch. Authorities say Enquist then jumped out of the moving vehicle, as it rolled forward off the pavement and over the embankment, approximately 200 feet down. The vehicle came to a rest near the shore of the water of Shasta Lake but did not enter the water.
Deputies set up a perimeter around the area and awaited the arrival of Shasta County Sheriff's Office K-9, Fritz. The K-9 found Enquist hiding behind a bush, down the side of the steep embankment, approximately 200 feet from where he left the vehicle. Enquist was taken into custody without incident.
A record check revealed Enquist was on Post Release Community Supervision, had an outstanding felony warrant and a suspended driver's license. The records check also revealed the vehicle Enquist was driving during the pursuit was a previously reported stolen vehicle.
Deputies climbed down to secure the stolen vehicle Enquist had allowed to roll off the embankment. When deputies arrived at the vehicle, they found Kristi Kae O'Neil, 49, of Shingletown, in the passenger seat. O'Neil was visibly shaken, but cooperative and able to exit the vehicle under her own power. O'Neil was treated by medical staff on the scene and transported to Mercy Hospital for further treatment.
Enquist was booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges of Felony Evading a Police Officer, Delaying a Peace Officer, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Driving on a Suspended Driver's License and his outstanding warrant.
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