Authorities use tear gas, K9 to arrest suspect who prompted Highway 99 shutdown

Highway 99 was closed in both directions after a man was not cooperating with authorities after a pursuit.

Posted: Nov 23, 2021 3:28 PM
Updated: Nov 23, 2021 3:41 PM

SUTTER COUNTY, Calif. - Highway 99 was shut down briefly in Sutter County when a man refused to exit a stolen vehicle and said he had a bomb and a gun with him, according to California Highway Patrol.

Just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, a CHP officer saw a silver Chevy Silverado that was reported stolen just hours before.

The officer was waiting for additional help when the suspect took off and CHP says a pursuit was initiated at 10:10 a.m.

The Silverado entered Highway 70 heading south at McGowan Parkway and continued for over 20 miles before making it to Highway 99.

The vehicle became disabled and stopped at the Riego Rd. offramp.

The suspect, who was later identified as 32-year-old Kyle McCray, refused to exit the vehicle, according to CHP.

CHP says McCray called the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office dispatch and told them he has a bomb, a gun and a 5-year-old girl that he would kill.

Highway 99 was then closed in both directions as McCray continued to not cooperate with officials.

Officials deployed tear gas into the vehicle and McCray exited the vehicle before a K-9 bit him.

He was taken into custody just after 12:45 p.m. and the highway opened shortly after.

McCray was taken to the hospital to get treatment for the bute and was booked into the Yuba County Jail for felony evading, auto theft, parole violation and driving on a suspended license.

Officials say there was not a 5-year-old girl, firearm or bomb.

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