On Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 1:32 a.m., Deputy Justin Brewer was patrolling in the area of Highway 273 and Canyon Road, Redding, when he observed a vehicle leaving the area of the Win River Casino. The vehicle, later identified as a 2017 Chevy sedan, was being driven without its headlights activated, creating a hazard to the public. Deputy Brewer followed the vehicle and activated his overhead lights and siren, in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle stopped momentarily at the intersection of Highway 273 and Girvan Road, then sped away from Deputy Brewer at a high rate of speed.
Other deputies joined in the pursuit as the suspect and passenger continued northbound on Highway 273 into the City of Redding at speeds over 100 mph in a 55 and then a 40 mph zone. During the five mile pursuit, the suspect drove through a red traffic light with another vehicle nearby, at speeds of 80 mph. A request was made for the assistance of the California Highway Patrol helicopter.
At the conclusion of the pursuit, the suspect lost control of his vehicle near 2165 Pine Street, colliding into the cement curbing, a fire hydrant, and a street light, causing damage to power lines in the area. The driver, whose identity will not be released due to being a 16 year-old juvenile, and the passenger, later identified as Jesse A. Rodriguez, 29 years-old of Redding, both ran from the damaged vehicle and from deputies after numerous commands to stop.
With the assistance of the Redding Police Department and the California Highway Patrol a perimeter was set-up around the scene and the surrounding area. After a quick search of the area, the juvenile was located hiding in the bushes of a nearby business. He surrendered and was taken into custody.
Numerous loud commands were given to Rodriguez to reveal himself and surrender, but the announcements went unanswered. Shasta County Sheriff’s Office K-9 “Hondo” was used to locate Rodriguez who had concealed himself inside of a camper shell which was lying on the ground, in the darkness of the back lot of West Coast Auto Sales. Rodriguez was given numerous orders to show himself and surrender, but he refused causing an officer safety issue. “Hondo” apprehended Rodriguez under the camper shell, making the scene safe for deputies to take Rodriguez into custody. Rodriguez was transported to Shasta Regional Medical Center and treated for his injuries from his dog bite and then transported to the Shasta County Jail for booking for 148(a)(1) PC Obstruct/Delay/Resist a Peace Officer.
The juvenile was also transported to the hospital for medical clearance and he was transported to the Shasta County Juvenile Hall for charges of 2800.2(a) CVC Evading a Peace Officer: Disregard to Safety and 20001 CVC Hit and Run with Property Damage.