After the wonderful moonlit fireworks display at Redding’s Civic Center, it was time for those who gathered for the 4th celebration to disperse. It did not go without notice a few just couldn’t keep out of trouble. Have not heard word yet on what took place but over at the north end of the Benton Drive Sacramento bridge something was certainly going on that officers responded to in force. They were at the top end of the bridge and also covering an area down on the river trail below. Then later on and not all that long a police chase unfolded and ended at the intersection of California St. and Trinity St. behind what was once Miller Auto.

The suspect had barreled across a front lawn and crashed his early model vehicle up against a tree on the sidewalk. This very corner yard was previously lined with tables and chairs as the family with friends celebrated the 4th including an outdoor BBQ. Needless to say…several tables and a few chairs were demolished as the suspect zipped across from Trinity on across their front yard before hitting the tree on the California St. sidewalk.

It did not appear anyone was injured and the officers had the suspect in the back seat of one of the many patrol cars on the scene. There appeared to be a witness who was being interviewed and being asked to identity the suspect.

Thank you RPD and the Shasta Sheriff’s Dep. as well as the CHIP for doing a great job. It is also nice that we have the RPD enduro motorcycle and bicycle patrol who’s visible presence help make it a lot safer when crowds as large as our July celebration come together.




Crash Scene Photos by Penny Ripley using Blackberry Bold