More details & suspect’s name released after crash that injured APD officer

ANDERSON, Calif. — Authorities investigating a high-speed, pursuit-related crash involving a stolen vehicle that injured an Anderson police officer last Sunday morning, Nov. 15 have released additional information related to the crash as well as the alleged suspect’s name.

The suspect, a wanted felon on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) probation out of Shasta County for a charge of domestic violence and vehicle theft, has not yet been located or apprehended and officials are continuing to search for the man, according to Anderson Police Department.

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Sunday morning’s incident began about 11 a.m., in the Ox Yoke Road area when an Anderson Police Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a car for a vehicle code violation. 

The vehicle failed to yield to the officer’s lights and siren, and a pursuit ensued, Anderson Police Department has since said in a social media release.

Officials are investigating the cause of a rollover crash involving an Anderson PD patrol SUV that reportedly happened during a high-speed chase. Les Potter photos

“The pursuit traveled south on Highway 273 with pursuing units operating with their emergency lights and sirens activated,” Anderson PD officials explained. “During the pursuit an APD unit was involved in a collision with an uninvolved motorist at the intersection of Highway 273 and Briggs Street.”

The high-speed impact between the uninvolved motorist and police SUV caused the patrol vehicle to overturn multiple times, before coming to rest on its roof in the middle of the roadway. Witnesses later reported seeing the SUV roll as many as five times.

Witnesses also reported seeing the shaken officer crawl out of his overturned SUV and said he appeared to have suffered minor injuries in the crash.

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Due to the collision, officials called off the pursuit and turned their attention to their injured partner and the other motorist involved in the crash.

“The officer suffered minor injuries and was transported to and later released from a local hospital …and… the uninvolved motorist was uninjured, according to Anderson PD.

The suspect in the pursuit continued to flee from the collision scene and the vehicle was later found abandoned in the North Street area, just west of Highway 273, Anderson PD officials have reported. Officers later learned the vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot of the Win River Casino “just hours earlier.”

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During their subsequent investigation, officers developed leads and gathered information that have since lead the to identifying James David Burnett, age 38, of Redding, as the suspect who fled from officers and left the scene of Sunday morning’s crash.

“Burnett’s whereabouts are unknown at this time,” Anderson PD said in an updated, Nov. 17, social media release. “Burnett has an active warrant for his arrest on an unrelated charge, and is now also wanted for a charge of vehicle theft and evading a peace officer.”

The traffic collision investigation was turned over to the California Highway Patrol, as is standard procedure for any on-duty emergency vehicle collision.

Anyone with information about this case or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact SHASCOM Dispatch at (530) 245-6526 or submit an anonymous tip to tips@ci.anderson.ca.us.


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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.

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