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Woman accused of punching Chico police officer during argument at Comanche Creek

Two people were arrested Tuesday after an argument with Chico Police over the expired registration of their vehicles.

Posted: Apr 6, 2021 4:04 PM

CHICO, Calif. – Two people were arrested Tuesday after an argument with Chico Police over expired registration of their vehicle.

The situation first began when Chico police officers received a report on March 29 of several vehicles parked with expired registration at Comanche Creek, 11301 Midway.


The image above is the notice provided by the Chico Police Department regarding expired registration.

Officers said they discovered several vehicles that were towable. However, instead of towing the vehicles, Chico police advised the owners of the vehicles they had one week to bring it into compliance to avoid being towed. 

On the morning of April 6, a Chico Police motorcycle officer responded to Comanche Creek to check on the expired registration of vehicles previously marked. The officer said he observed a vehicle that was expired over six months and notified last week with the sticker.

As the officer called for a tow truck, two people identified as Andrew Forbescorkill and Michelle Goodwin approached the officer and began to argue with him about the vehicle being towed, according to CPD. The officer said he explained the seven-day grace period given to them had expired.

Officers said Goodwin jumped into the vehicle, started it, and drove forward aggressively. Goodwin drove about 10 feet before the vehicle struck a large boulder and high-centered.

The officer said he pulled Goodwin from the vehicle and she resisted. While Goodwin resisted the Officer, Forbescorkill took a hold of her other arm and attempted to pull her free from the officer, police said. The struggle continued while the officer gave several commands to follow.

At one point, Goodwin broke free from Forbescorkill’s grasp and punched the officer in the head which struck his helmet, according to CPD. The officer took Goodwin to the ground just as responding officers arrived to help.

Both Goodwin and Forbescorkill were arrested and taken to Butte County Jail. Their vehicle was towed from the scene.

Goodwin was arrested for striking an officer, resisting arrest, reckless driving, driving while unlicensed, along with her PRCS no-bail warrant, police said. Forbescorkill was arrested for trying to take someone from police custody and possession of illegal narcotics. Photos of the pair are shown below along with their vehicle.

Vehicles in California are subject to immediate tow if the registration is expired more than 6 months.

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