On Monday, November 26, 2018, at approximately 2:00 a.m., a Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputy with the Shasta Lake City Division was patrolling the area of Shasta Dam Blvd (Highway 151) when he observed a vehicle traveling westbound. The deputy noticed the passenger vehicle did not have a rear license plate attached to the vehicle, a California Vehicle Code violation.
At the intersection of Highway 151 and Hardenbrook Avenue, the deputy attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle and activated his overhead lights and siren of his patrol vehicle. The suspect vehicle continued to travel westbound on Highway 151, and appeared to ignore the deputy’s lights and siren. The vehicle turned south onto Montana Avenue, and ran the stop sign, turning westbound, against traffic and in the wrong direction on Highway 151, increasing its speed and refusing to stop. The deputy notified Shascom and other Sheriff Deputies of the pursuit and the suspect vehicle’s direction of travel.
The suspect vehicle turned southbound onto Ashby Road, reaching speeds of 90 mph, as it attempted to evade the deputy. The vehicle turned westbound onto Pine Grove Avenue, then northbound onto Lake Blvd, failing to stop at two additional stop signs. The deputy pursued the vehicle northbound on Lake Blvd at speeds of 90 mph, until the vehicle turn onto Kennett Road and into the Centimudi Boat Launch area.
The suspect drove to the end of Kennett Road, which is a dead end and the upper parking lot of the boat launch. When the vehicle reached the end of the parking lot, the driver, a white adult male, exited the vehicle while the vehicle continued to roll forward, off the pavement and over the embankment of approximately 200 feet down. The vehicle came to rest near the shore of the water of Shasta Lake, but did not enter the water.
Deputies set up a perimeter around the area and awaited the arrival of Shasta County Sheriff’s Office K-9 “Fritz” to assist in locating the suspect. When “Fritz” arrived on scene, he was used to search the area and track the suspect. A short time later, “Fritz” located the suspect, Duane Lee Enquist, 52 years of Anderson, hiding behind a bush, down the side of the steep embankment, approximately 200 feet from where he left the vehicle. Enquist was taken into custody without incident. A records check revealed Enquist was on PRCS, had an outstanding felony warrant, and a suspended driver’s license. The records check also revealed the vehicle Enquist was driving during the pursuit was a previously reported stolen vehicle.
Deputies climbed down to secure the stolen vehicle Enquist had allowed to roll off the embankment. When deputies arrived at the vehicle, they contacted an adult female in the passenger seat who identified herself as Kristi Kae O’Neil, 49 years of Shingletown. O’Neil was visibly shaken, but cooperative and able to exit the vehicle under her own power. O’Neil was treated by medical staff on scene and transported to Mercy Hospital for further treatment.
Enquist was transported to the Shasta County Jail and booked on charges of 2800.2(a) CVC – Felony Evading a Peace Officer, 148(a)(1) PC – Resist/Delaying a Peace Officer, 496D(a) PC –Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, 14601.1(a) – Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License, and his outstanding warrant.