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Stolen vehicle stopped before it could injure bystanders at the Lassen County Fair parade

A stolen vehicle, law enforcement pursuit, a spike strip, a quick-thinking CHP officer, and some Good Samaritans helped save the Lassen County Fair parade, as well as potentially some lives.

According to a release by the CHP, its Susanville dispatch center received information at 8:38 a.m. on Saturday, July, 23 that a stolen 2022 GMC Denali was traveling eastbound on Highway 44. The Denali had been stolen in Redding that morning.

CHP dispatched a helicopter to help locate the vehicle and it was found traveling east on Highway 44 near the Bogard rest area. CHP patrol units tried to intercept the vehicle, just east of Highway 36 on 44, using a spike strip. It was unsuccessful. The CHP units on scene tried to stop the vehicle, and it fled east on Highway 36 toward Susanville.

A third CHP unit was staged near the Susanville city limit and successfully deployed a spike strip that deflated the left front tire. The GMC slowed as it came down Main Street Susanville. The suspect, Josie Craig, 33, of Alderpoint, California, fled the vehicle as it was still rolling. A CHP officer maneuvered a patrol vehicle in front of the rolling GMC and used it to slow the rolling GMC before it hit bystanders who were standing along the Lassen County Fair parade route. The suspect was tackled by several Good Samaritans who held her until the CHP could take her into custody. For their efforts, the suspect bit the Good Samaritans who held her.

The suspect was booked into the Lassen County Jail on charges of felony evading, possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, assault, possession of drugs and unlicensed driver.

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