Credit to The Del Norte and Curry County Scanner Feed – November 29, 2016 – Around 6:30 pm, a suspect entered a 25 foot, tan Mercedes motorhome in the WalMart parking lot and attempted to attack the owner. The owner jumped out and the suspect took off.
A chase ensued. California Highway Patrol and the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Department were in pursuit. Not long after traveling out Washington Blvd. to Highway 101, members of the Scanner Group reported that Hwy 101 was closed at Flying B Ranch and that both North and South Fred Haight was closed.
Not exactly a high speed chase, but speeds in excess of 55 mph. At one point, drivers heading south on Hwy 101 were told to turn around and head out of there by CHP.
Finally, about an hour later, the motorhome pulled off on Knutsen Lane in Smith River, going 10 mph and then 5 mph. People in the area were getting automated calls to stay indoors. Sheriff’s officer(s) entered the motorhome and apparently pepper sprayed the suspect.
According to one member of the scanner group, “Subject will be transported to Sutter (Coast Hospital) for medical clearance before going to jail. Head laceration & pepper sprayed. Extra units following as a precaution…subject is being verbally aggressive.”
A tow truck was called and 6 tires were flat, but it sounds like the owners will get their motorhome back. The suspect may be looking at two felony counts.
Big thanks and much appreciation is extended to all law enforcement and first responders.
All roads are open and operational.