Suspect identified in police chase that injured Anderson Police officer

Anderson’s Police Chief, Michael Johnson, told Action News Now the officer injured during a police pursuit last week has been cleared to return to duty.

Posted: Nov 16, 2020 11:41 AM
Updated: Nov 19, 2020 4:32 PM

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 – Anderson’s Police Chief, Michael Johnson, told Action News Now the officer injured during a police pursuit last week has been cleared to return to duty.

Chief Johnson said Officer Darren Mendoza hurt his shoulder in the crash and experienced a lot of pain, but will return to work Sunday.

The chief also said that arresting the suspect who got away, David Burnett of Redding, is a top priority for his department. Burnett is wanted on charges of vehicle theft and evading a peace officer.

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UPDATE: 9:12 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 – The Anderson Police Department has identified the suspect in a police chase in which an Anderson Police officer was injured.

APD said 38-year-old James David Burnett, of Redding, has an active warrant for his arrest on an unrelated charge, and is now also wanted for a charge of vehicle theft and evading a peace officer. Burnett is currently on Post Release Community Supervision out of Shasta County for a charge of domestic violence and vehicle theft.

Around 11 a.m. Sunday, police were led on a chase after a driver failed to pull over for a traffic stop.

An Anderson Police Officer attempted to conduct the traffic stop on a vehicle in the Ox Yoke Road area for a vehicle code violation. Police said the vehicle failed to stop, prompting a pursuit.

The driver, led police south on Highway 273, with responding units operating their emergency lights and sirens activated.

A responding ADP unit was involved in a collision with an uninvolved motorist at the intersection of Highway 273 and Briggs Street. The officer suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital, and later released. The motorist was uninjured.

The suspect in the purist continued to drive away from the collision scene. Police later found the suspect’s vehicle abandoned in the North Street area, just west of Highway 273. 

Burnett's whereabouts are unknown at this time.

Police are asking anyone with information about this case to contact SHASCOM at (530) 245-6526 or submit an anonymous tip to tips@ci.anderson.ca.us.

This is a developing story. Action News Now will keep you updated with new information on-air and online.

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