Felon on probation arrested after vehicle and foot pursuit

CITY OF SHASTA LAKE, Calif. — A convicted felon on probation who led deputies on both a vehicle and foot pursuit was quickly apprehended and arrested Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 25. He now faces a dozen new felony and misdemeanor charges related to the incident.

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Yesterday’s chase began around 1:50 p.m., when deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, City of Shasta Lake Enforcement Division, attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle on Shasta Dam Boulevard, Shasta County Sheriff’s Sergeant Scoma later said of the incident and arrest.

The driver of the vehicle, Kenneth Leeman Edwards, 30, of Redding, failed to yield to the deputy’s emergency lights and sirens and continued driving, at which time a pursuit was initiated.

In an attempt to elude deputies, Edwards then “quickly drove the vehicle off of Shasta Dam Blvd onto North Boulevard where he stopped the vehicle and fled on foot,” Scoma described; adding that a passenger who was in the vehicle when Edwards fled remained in the car and was quickly detained.

Kenneth Edwards faces a dozen charges after leading deputies on a vehicle and foot pursuit in City of Shasta Lake yesterday afternoon. After he was apprehended by deputies, the convicted felony probationer was found to be in possession of drugs, weapons, ammunition, burglary tools and more. SCSO photos

Another deputy in the area spotted Edwards fleeing from his vehicle and chased the fleeing felon down after a quarter-mile foot pursuit.

Once Edwards was apprehended, deputies located approximately seven grams of heroin in his
pant’s pocket, and a records check revealed Edwards is currently on felony probation for theft with prior theft convictions.

During a subsequent search of Edwards’ vehicle, deputies located an illegally modified sawed-off shotgun, ammunition for the shotgun, used hypodermic needles, marijuana packaged for sales, burglary tools, pepper spray, digital scales, and packaging materials related to the sale of narcotics.

“Due to Edwards’ prior felony convictions, he is prohibited from possessing firearms, ammunition, and pepper spray,” Scoma explained; saying deputies arrested the felony probationer at the scene.

The passenger who remained in Edwards’ vehicle was later determined to not be involved and was released at the scene without charges.

Edwards was later booked in Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of multiple felonies; including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a short barrel shotgun, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, being armed during the commission of a felony, possession of a controlled substance for sales, transportation of a controlled substance for the purpose of sales, and possession of tear gas by a convicted felon.

Edwards was also booked on misdemeanor charges of resisting or delaying a peace officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools, possession of marijuana for sales, and transportation of marijuana for the purpose of sales.

Online jail records indicate Edwards remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail or bond.


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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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