On October 22, 2017, around 12:50 p.m., a citizen reported observing his friend’s stolen 2010 Acura Sport Utility Vehicle being driven by an unknown suspect on Athens Avenue. The citizen followed the stolen Acura onto Park Marina Drive before losing sight of it. Officer Mike Caldwell quickly located the stolen SUV traveling on Highway 44. The driver, Terry Allen Decutler (24 years old of Redding), exited onto Hilltop Drive where officers tried to stop him. Decutler attempted to evade officers and a very short pursuit was initiated. Decutler managed to only drive two city blocks before losing control of the Acura and crashing into a light pole in front of Dairy Queen, on Churn Creek Road.
Decutler immediately fled on foot from the traffic collision and ran into a canal along Churn Creek Road. Two Redding Police Department K-9’s assisted with a search of the nearby neighborhood off Canby Road. Decutler was found hiding underneath a vehicle in a residential driveway. He remained uncooperative and continued to resist arrest. Officer Hebert, with the assistance of K-9 Cain, apprehended Decutler.
Decutler was transported to Shasta Regional Medical Center for a medical clearance due to his involvement in the traffic collision and the subsequent K-9 apprehension. Decutler admitted to stealing the vehicle and being in possession of it for nearly a week. Decutler was booked at the Shasta County Jail for theft of a motor vehicle, evading law enforcement, fleeing the scene of an accident, resisting arrest, and driving with a suspended license. Decutler was also arrested last month in possession of a stolen car. No citizens were injured in the collision.