On Friday, October 13, 2017 at about 1:00 a.m., Redding Police Officer Tom Landreth was driving a police vehicle equipped with a “LoJack” stolen vehicle location device. The LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System is an aftermarket vehicle tracking system that allows vehicles to be tracked by police, with the aim of recovering them in case of theft.
The device indicated a stolen vehicle was nearby and he began a systematic search. Within a few minutes he located the vehicle traveling westbound on Lake Blvd. near Market Street. Officer Landreth attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver, Shawn Cunningham (42 years of Klamath Falls, Oregon) failed to stop for police vehicles and a police pursuit ensued.
Cunningham drove his vehicle on Lake Blvd. with speeds nearing 80 miles per hour. Cunningham turned onto Clay Street, then Buckeye Terrace, and finally Dogwood Lane where he drove the vehicle down a steep ravine only to become stuck in dense brush.
With the assistance of CHP helicopter “H-16”, a perimeter was established and Cunningham was taken into custody. He was booked into Shasta County Jail for possession of known stolen property, possession of a controlled substance (heroin), evading, and resisting arrest.
The Redding Fire Department responded to the scene as a preventative measure due to the extremely dry vegetation the vehicle had become lodged into, although no fire broke out.