On Monday, March 4, 2019, at approximately 5:10 a.m., a Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol in the area of State Highway 273, in Anderson. The deputy observed a vehicle driving northbound in front of him that appeared to have expired registration, in violation of 4000(a) of the California Vehicle Code. The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 273 and Happy Valley Road by activating his overhead lights and siren.
The vehicle pulled to the right shoulder of the roadway and began to slow, but did not stop. The vehicle appeared to have a driver and a passenger in the vehicle. As the vehicle continued northbound on Highway 273 at a slow speed, the driver threw a large package from the passenger side window. A moment later, the passenger of the vehicle, later identified as Sara Maxine Skidmore, 35 years-old, jumped from the slow moving vehicle and landed on the shoulder of the roadway. Anderson Police responded to the scene and located Skidmore, who was uninjured. The vehicle then sped off at a high rate of speed, northbound on Highway 273. The deputy notified Shascom (dispatch) of what had occurred and requested the assistance for the pursuit.
The vehicle reached speeds of approximately 90 mph as it continued on Highway 273 until it reached Breslauer Way, then turning on to Westside Road. The suspect lead deputies on a pursuit through the neighborhood of El Reno Way and Cedars Road, before heading southbound on Cedars Road to southbound Highway 273. The suspect turned westbound on Clear Creek Road, then turning onto Evans Lane, a dead-end street. The suspect jumped from the vehicle as it continued to roll and came to a stop in the front yard of a residence. Deputies gave chase, but lost sight of the suspect. With the assistance of Redding Police and Shasta County Sheriff’s Office K-9 “Hondo” the area was checked extensively, but the suspect was not located.
The item the suspect threw from the vehicle was recovered and was found to contain four large baggies of suspected methamphetamine, with a combined weight of 108 grams. Inside the suspect vehicle, deputies located drug paraphernalia along with numerous items of property belonging to Mark Anthony Hense, 31 years-old, of Redding. A records check on Hense revealed he has a felony warrant for his arrest for drug charges.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is actively attempting to locate Hense for arrest on his warrant and additional charges from the pursuit. Hense is described as a white male, approximately 5’08” tall, 180lbs, with short brown hair. If anyone has any information regarding the location of Hense, they are urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 245-6540.