A Chico man led a Tehama County sheriff’s deputy on a high speed pursuit down Highway 99E starting in Red Bluff and ending miles later in Butte County last week.

Charles Raymond Miller, 52, was driving a Chevy S-10 pickup south on the highway near Red Bluff when a sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop at Patterson Road around 2:14 a.m., as the pickup was allegedly straddling the white fog line and violating other vehicle laws

After Miller eventually produced a California identification card, the deputy learned he was on post release community supervision out of Butte County for multiple driving under the influence violations, the sheriff’s office reported.

When the deputy asked Miller to get out of the pickup for a driving-under-the-influence evaluation, Miller allegedly put the Chevy into drive and accelerated with the deputy still standing right next to the pickup.

With assistance from additional deputies, Miller was pursued as he reportedly drove the pickup south on the highway at a high rate of speed with disregard for the safety of others

As the pursuit entered Butte County, a spike strip placed on the highway near Cana Road by the California Highway Patrol did its job when it punctured three of the pickup’s tires, bringing an end to the 25 mile chase, according the sheriff’s office.

Miller was placed under arrest and booked into the Tehama County Jail on suspicion of evading a peace officer with disregard for safety and driving on a suspended license for DUI. He was held without bail on a probation hold out of Butte County for violation of his probation terms.

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