The original calls came in regarding a possible drunk driver, and ended with a stolen vehicle, a CHP pursuit, a rollover, a bite and an arrest.
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. This incident remains open and is an ongoing investigation. The driver’s identity has not been released at this time.