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Chico man charged in crash that killed moped driver

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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A Chico man was charged Wednesday for driving while intoxicated and killing a moped driver last weekend. 

24-year-old Chase Jacobsen was charged in Butte County Superior Court with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a collision.

Chase Jacobsen

The collision occurred on March 6 around 12:30 a.m. near the Mud Creek Bridge on the Esplanade north of Chico. 

He’s accused of driving away with the moped wedged under his F-150 truck for nearly two miles, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said.

A witness said Terry Nilsen, 22, of Chico was driving his street-legal moped south on the bridge at about 35 to 40 mph when Jacobsen drove into the rear of the moped at about 55 mph. Nilsen was thrown from his moped and landed around 200 feet south of the area.

The speed limit in the area is 40 mph, Ramsey said. 

A witness said Jacobsen did not stop and instead increased his speed down the Esplanade with the moped flaming underneath it.

Nilsen was taken to Enloe Medical Center but later died from his injuries, Ramsey said.

The Chico Police Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) traced the path of Jacobsen’s truck on a route through a nearby neighborhood. They determined Jacobsen drove approximately 1.7 miles with the moped under his truck. 

Investigators said evidence on the road indicates Jacobsen stopped several times to try and remove the moped from under his truck. 

Video surveillance in the neighborhood was also collected by MAIT and showed flames and sparks coming from underneath the truck. The moped was found in the road in the 400 block of Middle Creek Dr. 

Jacobsen’s truck was found later that morning near his apartment in the 100 block of W. Lassen Ave., Ramsey said. The apartment was around two miles away from the final resting place of the moped.

Ramsey said officers contacted Jacobsen in his apartment and arrested him without incident.

The case will continue on March 16 at 8:30 a.m. for further arraignment and possible entry of plea. 

Jacobsen is being held in Butte County Jail without bail due to public safety concerns. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

Chloe Curtis is a reporter for Action News Now. Feel free to reach out or share story ideas with Chloe on Twitter @chloecurtisnews or by email

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