At 12:08 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop on Hwy 299E just west of Hwy 89 in the rural area of Burney. During the enforcement stop a male subject exited the vehicle and fled on foot into the wooded area. The female driver stayed behind and provided the CHP officer with a false name and age of the suspect being “Jeffrey Brown.” This search revealed Brown had five outstanding warrants, three of which were felonies. Based on these circumstances, CHP requested the assistance of a Shasta County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit. Deputy Estes and his K9 partner “Blitz” arrived shortly thereafter.
Deputy Estes and K9 Blitz were able to track the suspect from a gray sweatshirt the suspect left behind. K9 Blitz tracked the male for approximately .8 tenths of a mile and ended at a large lava rock wall. The lava rock wall is approximately 100 yards to the top from the bottom where Blitz tracked to. The wall consisted of very treacherous terrain with sharp lava rocks ranging from the size of a baseball to the size of a vehicle. After several announcements were made with no response, Blitz was deployed with the command to search the area. After several minutes, Blitz was able to locate and apprehend the suspect inside a tight crevice between two large boulders. After the suspect was detained in handcuffs, Deputies then positively identified the suspect as Allan Michael Darling (Age 28) of Redding, California. Darling was found to be on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS). Darling’s prior contacts/arrests consisted of felony vehicle evading, burglary, stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, possession of controlled substances, resisting arrest and robbery.
Darling was transported to Mercy Medical Center for injuries sustained during the K9 apprehension. Darling was later medically cleared and booked into the Shasta County Jail for 3455PC-PRCS Violation and 148(a)(1)PC-Obstruct/Resist Arrest.