Man charged with kidnapping, ramming APD SUV, after pursuit

ANDERSON — A Redding man was arrested after leading Anderson police officers on a dangerous pursuit early this morning, Saturday, May 4. During the chase, the alleged suspect rammed an Anderson PD patrol SUV, before fleeing on foot into an apartment complex. He was apprehended after a short foot pursuit, according to officials.


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This morning’s incident began about 1:30 a.m., when an Anderson police officer spotted a black Honda CR-V traveling southbound on Highway 273, in the area of Ox Yoke Rd. The official, Officer Tyler Spurgeon – who APD later said has recovered four stolen vehicles in the last 48 hours – recognized the small SUV as possibly having been stolen from the Redding area about six hours earlier.

After catching up with the Honda and confirming the vehicle was stolen, Spurgeon attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver, later identified as Christopher Michael Scott, 29, of Redding, refused to yield to the officer’s lights and siren and attempted to speed away.

A Redding man was arrested after allegedly ramming into an Anderson PD patrol vehicle while attempting to elude capture while driving a stolen SUV. Anderson PD phot

As officers pursued the fleeing man, he eventually turned down a dead-end road and attempted to make a U-Turn, driving back in the direction of pursuing officers.

Spurgeon attempted to block Scott’s escape route with his patrol vehicle “in an attempt to prevent the pursuit from continuing,” but the fleeing man slammed into the front of Spurgeon’s patrol vehicle, causing moderate damage to the SUV’s front-end.

Despite the collision, Scott continued to flee from officers, and continued driving until he reached the area of Briarwood and Ravenwood drives.

“Once there the driver fled from the vehicle and ran into the River Garden Apartment Complex,” APD later explained in a social media release. “After a short foot pursuit the driver was apprehended.”

Christopher Michael Scott, 29, of Redding, was arrested and charged with numerous felonies and misdemeanors after attempting to evade officers in an SUV stolen from Redding. Anderson PD photo

During their subsequent investigation, officers interviewed a female passenger who had been inside the vehicle during Scott’s attempt to flee. The woman, who officials did not identify by name, “advised officers she had told Scott to stop and let her out of the vehicle, however he refused to do so,” according to APD.

Based on their investigation, officers arrested Scott and he was later booked into Shasta County Jail on suspicion of recklessly evading officers without regard for public safety, vehicle theft, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, as well as a several misdemeanor charges.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.