Law enforcement in Tehama County, including the Corning Police Department, have been involved in at least four high speed vehicle pursuits over the past week that landed seven suspects behind bars.
The first reported pursuit started when a Corning police office attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Michael Leroy Fowler, 34, of Los Molinos on Loleta Avenue around 10:11 a.m., on June 27.
Fowler allegedly refused to stop and drove at a high rate of speed with police in pursuit until he ended up crashing into a van at 4115 Woodson Ave., the location of Little People Daycare in Corning.
After the crash, Fowler ran away but with the help of CHP helicopter and canine, was located inside a travel trailer on another piece of property.
During a search of the vehicle, police said they located 2.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Corning police Chief Jeremiah Fears said no one, including children, were injured at the daycare.
Fowler was arrested and booked into the Tehama County Jail on $206,000 bail and suspicion of felony evading police with disregard for safety, felony child endangerment, resisting arrest, hit and run, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Pursuit reaches 125 mph
A report of a theft from Dollar General on Highway 99W in Proberta around 11:34 a.m., June 28 led a Tehama County sheriff’s deputy to attempt a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle, a GMC Yukon, as it was leaving the store, said the sheriff’s office.
The vehicle reportedly failed to stop and instead continued south on the highway reaching speeds of 125 mph with the deputy in pursuit.
As the chase ensued, the Yukon violated several traffic laws and showed disregard for safety, said Tehama County sheriff’s Det. Robert Bakken.
The chase continued down the highway into Corning where Corning police and CHP joined in the endeavor to stop the fleeing Yukon. Not slowing at it sped through the town, the Yukon traveled east on South Avenue to Rowles Road in Vina where it turned north and then west onto Seventh Street towards the Abbey on New Clairvaux, Bakken said.
The vehicle finally came to stop when it went into an orchard and got stuck. Bakken said the driver, Nicholas Ryan Self, 37, of Paynes Creek, ran away from the Yukon and was later arrested at the Woodson Bridge RV Park around 2:07 p.m. He was booked into the Tehama County Jail on $54,500 bail and suspicion of evading peace officer with disregard for safety, violation of post release community supervision and other charges.
Suspected car-jackers caught
A vehicle reported as stolen during a car-jacking in Los Angeles was the subject of a pursuit with CHP out of the Red Bluff office on Sunday, June 30.
CHP said an officer attempted to make a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle in north Tehama County but the vehicle fled and when it finally came to a stop the two occupants, Deaundrey Daniell Davis, 33, of Inglewood and Edward Daniel Starr, 34, of Edgewood, Wash., ran away.
They were both quickly apprehended on Main Street in Cottonwood, arrested and booked into the Tehama County Jail – Davis on $150,000 bail and suspicion of buying/receiving stolen property, fail to obey peace officer, obstruct arrest, receive stolen property and vehicle theft; and Starr on $48,000 bail and suspicion of failure to obey peace officer, receive known stolen property, vehicle theft, and other charges.
Chase from Corning to Red Bluff
A report of a person in a red Suzuki car brandishing a firearm led police on a vehicle pursuit around 2 a.m. on Monday, July 1, Fears said. The brandishing was reported to be in the area of South and First streets.
During a search of the area, officers located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect car and attempted to make a traffic stop around 2:30 a.m. at First and Solano streets.
The driver of the Suzuki failed to yield to the attempted police stop and a pursuit ensued at high speeds north on Highway 99W, Fear reported.
With police chasing the vehicle, the pursuit continued on the highway for several miles until the suspect vehicle was stopped by a spike strip deployed near Red Bluff, according to Fears.
Three occupants in the vehicle, Jared Brun, 29, Santiago Tapia, 44, both of Chico and Brian Garcia, 28, of Corning ran from the vehicle, but were soon caught on Luther Road at Jackson Street and taken into custody with assistance from the Red Bluff Police Department, CHP and Tehama County sheriff’s deputies.
All three suspects were arrested and booked into the Tehama County Jail – Garcia $58,500 bail and suspicion of felony evading police officer with disregard for safety, resisting arrest, and driving without a license, and several arrest warrants; Tapia and Brun were booked on misdemeanor charges.