REDDING, Calif. - The Shasta County Sheriff's Office arrested a Redding man after he failed to pull over for a traffic stop and led a deputy on a chase in a stolen motorcycle.
It happened Sunday evening in the area of Old Oregon Trail near Viking Way. A deputy on patrol attempted to make a traffic enforcement stop on a man driving a motorcycle at a high rate of speed. Deputies said the motorcycle did not have any lights on or a California license plate displayed.
Deputies said 38-year-old Kevin J. Humphries, refused to stop for the deputy. The deputy pursued Humphries on Viking Way, to Abernathy Way, and eastbound on Old Alturas Road. Humphries accelerated to speeds of 60 mph on the motorcycle, where the speed limit is 40 mph. He also drove into the oncoming traffic lane and failed to stop at two stop signs during the pursuit, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office news release.
As Humphries approached the intersection of Old Alturas Road and Steven Creek Lane, he lost control of the motorcycle in the dirt of a vacant field, dropped the motorcycle, and began running from the deputy. The deputy ordered Humphries to stop multiple times, but he continued to run. Humphries ran 100 yards into the brush before the deputy had to tackle him to stop him and take him into custody, according to the sheriff's office.
After police checked Humphries records, he was found to have an expired California driver’s license, and the motorcycle he was driving was found to be reported as stolen. Humphries was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail. Deputies said the motorcycle will be returned to its owner.