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Redding man’s car hit with paintball while driving down Highway 44

Someone hit a car on Highway 44, in between the Airport Road and Victor Avenue exits, with a paintball Monday afternoon.

Posted: Feb 16, 2021 7:13 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2021 2:29 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Someone hit a car on Highway 44, in between the Airport Road and Victor Avenue exits, with a paintball Monday afternoon.

Ryan Yrigollen was on his way home when he heard what sounded like a loud pop against his car. At first, he thought it was a rock but it was actually a paintball.

When Yrigollen got home, he noticed a bright yellow spot on his car. When looked closely at it, he saw what appeared to be the paintball shell on the side.

“If I would've had my window down and got hit in the face with the paintball,” Yrigollen said. “While I’m driving 65 miles per hour down the freeway and got hit in the eye and all of a sudden I’m blind and I can't see, that can make for a scary situation for someone driving down the interstate.”

Yrigollen said he was able to wash the paint right off and didn't find any severe damages to the car.

Yrigollen does not know who shot the paintball, but he called the police about what happened.

The California Highway Patrol’s dispatch said they received a report of this incident. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, the CHP got back to Action News Now regarding this incident. CHP said they sent a unit to check out the area when they received the report, however, found nothing. CHP said it is possible that the paintball bullet came from the south side.

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