On Tuesday, December 31st, 2019, at 1:04 A.M., Redding Police Officers attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop for speeding on a Yamaha motorcycle on southbound State Route 273 at Girvan Rd. in Redding. The driver and solo occupant of the motorcycle, later identified as Paul Strong, 37 years of Redding, failed to yield and fled southbound on State Route 273 at a high rate of speed.
Strong led Redding Police Officers on a lengthy high speed pursuit before finally parking in the driveway of a residence in the 3700 block of Sunwood Drive.
The California Highway Patrol Air Operations was called upon for support and CHP helicopter H16 joined the pursuit. They observed Strong abandon his motorcycle and run into the residence. Redding Police surrounded the residence and used a public address system to hail for Strong to exit the location and surrender. Following a few minutes of hailing, Strong exited the residence and surrendered to officers.
Strong was apprehended without further incident. Strong told officers he fled because he knew his license is suspended, his motorcycle is not registered and because he does not have a motorcycle endorsement.
Strong was booked at the Shasta County Jail for felony evasion with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons and property and for operating a motorcycle with a suspended California driver license.