Hit by car while fleeing from Redding officers, man arrested

REDDING, Calif. — A parolee found in a stolen car who fled on foot from Redding police officers was arrested after he was struck by a car on Dana Dr. yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, Oct. 14.

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Yesterday’s incident began around 2:45 p.m., when Redding Police Officer Eva Smith spotted a stolen vehicle in a shopping center parking lot at 961 Dana Dr., directly across the street from the Mt. Shasta Mall, Redding Police Sgt. Todd Cogle said after the incident and arrest.

The vehicle, a 2000 Toyota Camry, which was occupied by a male driver and a female passenger,  had been reported stolen from Susanville, CA, the previous day, according to Cogle.

Brian Munoz was arrested after fleeing from two Redding police officers and being struck by a car when he attempted to flee across Dana Dr. RPD photo

“As Officer Smith began giving commands to the occupants of the vehicle, the driver, later identified as 35 year old Brian Allen Munoz of Westwood, California, fled on foot,” Cogle explained.

With Officer Nicole Rempfer in hot pursuit behind him, Munoz fled on foot across the parking lot then through the shrubbery between the parking lot and Dana Dr., “before proceeding out onto Dana Drive in heavy traffic,” said Cogle.

As Munoz attempted to run across Dana Dr. he was struck by a westbound vehicle and knocked to the ground, where he was quickly apprehended by Rempfer.

After securing and handcuffing Munoz, officers at the scene summoned medical personnel to treat Munoz for injuries he sustained when he was struck by the car.

Munoz was transported to Mercy Medical Center for evaluation and further treatment, according to Cogle; who added, “He was released from custody at the hospital because his treatment prevented him from being booked into the Shasta County Jail.”

During a subsequent search of the stolen vehicle, officers found methamphetamine and associated paraphernalia, along with an open container of alcohol.

The stolen vehicle was later towed from the scene and returned to the registered owner.

“Munoz faces charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, possession of an open container in a vehicle and a parole violation,” Cogle explained; adding that the female passenger, who was cooperative with officers, was released without charges after being interviewed.


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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; 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 30 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 18 grandchildren.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Redding Police Department at e(530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 20R067695 and can remain anonymous.

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