Redding pursuit ends in I-5 rollover, major injuries
REDDING, Calif. — Shasta County Sheriff’s officials have reported this morning that a person who led officials on a dangerous, high-speed pursuit on Interstate 5 sustained major injuries after their vehicle overturned on the dirt shoulder, just north of the South Bonnyview off-ramp.
The chase began early this morning, Monday, Nov. 2, after a deputy spotted a silver 2007 Ford Fusion driving recklessly in the area of Schole Dr. and Bear Mountain Rd, in an unincorporated area of Redding, within Shasta County, according to Shasta County Sheriff’s Sgt. K. Bodner.
Although officials have not mentioned any connection to this morning’s pursuit, the chase followed another similar pursuit that possibly involved the same vehicle and driver on Oct. 31, when officials attempted to stop a woman driving a similarly described silver Ford.
That chase, which was eventually terminated due to safety reasons, began in the area of Panorama Dr. and Lake Blvd., before heading southbound on Interstate 5.
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This morning’s pursuit began just after 2 a.m., after a deputy from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office spotted the reckless driver, Bodner said this morning; adding, “When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, it fled at a high rate of speed.”
During the pursuit the driver, whose name has not yet been released, drove without regard for the safety of other citizens or pursuing officers “and violated numerous traffic laws,” according to Bodner.
With help from other deputies, as well as CHP and Redding PD officers, the chase continued onto southbound Interstate 5 from the Oasis Rd. on-ramp.
Despite being pursued by multiple patrol vehicles, “the vehicle continued at a high rate of speed and driving recklessly,” Bodner described.
As the chase continued south on Interstate 5 and was approaching the Cypress Rd. exit and Hartnell Ave. overpass, “Officers from the Redding Police Department and a deputy from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office deployed spike strips,” according to Bodner; who added the spike strips flattened at least one of the fleeing vehicle’s tires.
“The vehicle continued southbound on Interstate 5 until the driver lost control of the vehicle, swerved across all lanes of traffic, and … rolled on the shoulder just north of the South Bonnyview off-ramp,” Bodner described.
Officers at the scene of the crash immediately began providing medical care for the driver, who was transported to an area hospital for treatment of major injuries.
“The driver will not be identified at this time due to the case being an ongoing investigation, and the driver not being in custody due to medical needs,” said Bodner; who did not specify what charges the critically injured driver could be facing.
There were no other occupants in the pursued vehicle and no officers or other citizens were injured during the pursuit or subsequent crash.
California Highway Patrol will be investigating the traffic collision portion of this incident and their investigation is ongoing.
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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.