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DA shares info on alleged CHP biter; mural vandal and copper thieves

By Debra Moore

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Plumas County law enforcement has been challenged by some not-your-average crimes lately, and now those cases are being prosecuted by District Attorney David Hollister. During an interview Friday morning, March 4, Hollister identified the individuals and described the charges that they face.

Facing five charges

A woman who led law enforcement on a chase in the Feather River Canyon on Feb. 24, and then subsequently crashed and rolled the stolen vehicle, and then bit a CHP officer, has been identified as Andrea Lynn Chavaun, 28, of Stockton.

She is being charged with felony unlawful taking or driving of a vehicle, felony evading, felony assault on a peace officer, misdemeanor of giving false information to a peace officer and driving under the influence of a drug. She remains in custody on $35,000 bail with her next court appearance set for March 18.

According to a report from the California Highway Patrol, on Thursday, Feb. 24 at approximately 2:40 p.m., the Susanville CHP Communications Center received a call regarding a possible DUI driver who had driven past traffic control flaggers near Rock Creek Dam in the Feather River Canyon.

Reporting parties advised the vehicle was driving all over the road, with several near-miss collisions. The callers provided a license plate number that linked to a 2009 Honda CR-V that had been reported stolen out of Oroville earlier in the day.  Multiple CHP units responded and located the Honda traveling eastbound in the area of Quarry Road.

Two Quincy CHP units attempted to make a stop on the Honda at the Spanish Creek Bridge, at which point the female driver failed to yield.  A short pursuit ensued.  The driver ultimately ended up driving off the roadway, just west of Butterfly Valley Road, went up a dirt/rock embankment, and overturned several times. Following a high-risk stop, the driver was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest for the failure to yield, suspected driving under the influence, reckless driving, and charges resulting from the stolen vehicle.

During the medical clearance and booking process, the driver provided false identity and bit one of the officers, resulting in a visible injury.  The female driver did not claim any injuries as a result of this incident.

Mural vandalism

The woman charged for the Feb. 26 vandalism of a mural at the corner of Bradley and Main streets in Quincy has been identified as Kayla Henderson, 29. She is considered a transient who has had run-ins with local law enforcement in the past. On the night of the incident, she was arrested on a probation violation.

Hollister said the situation is a difficult one because there are significant mental health issues involved. She is being charged with vandalism, probation violation and resisting a peace officer. She remains in the Plumas County Jail.

According to the original report, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received a report of a vandalism that occurred to the mural on Feb. 26 at approximately 11:12 p.m.

A sergeant and deputy responded to the area and located a female subject who had paint on her person and clothing matching the paint on the mural. An investigation was conducted leading to the arrest of the female subject that night for unrelated charges.

Copper theft

Two individuals were sentenced to 180 days in county jail, two years of formal probation, and ordered to stay away from the area following their conviction of felony possession of stolen property.

Magdanleno Salas Gonzalez, 41, of Long Beach, and Marco Pinto, 26, of Compton were arrested Dec. 1, 2021 after deputies observed them taking copper items from a property in Greenville destroyed by the Dixie Fire. According to Hollister, they were part of a clean-up crew from Los Angeles who had been working in the area.

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