Spike strips halt Mt. Shasta pursuit – Woman apprehended
MT. SHASTA, Calif. — Authorities say a woman who led officers on a multi-agency pursuit was arrested after officials involved in the chase successfully deployed spike strips, causing the fleeing woman’s vehicle to become disabled Thursday morning, May 20.
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Thursday’s pursuit began around 9:47 a.m. when a woman in a dark-colored coupe passed a Mount Shasta police officer driving a marked patrol vehicle, while traveling northbound in the southbound lane of South Mt. Shasta Boulevard around 70 mph, officials have since said of the incident.
Although the driver, whose name has not been released, initially yielded to the officer’s lights and siren on Chestnut Street, she then sped off again, at which time officers initiated a vehicle pursuit. Video filmed by Mount Shasta Area Newspapers and later obtained by Mt. Shasta Police Department (which can be viewed here) showed the suspect fleeing from multiple officers whose lights and sirens were activated.
A woman was apprehended and taken for a mental health evaluation after a pursuit wound its way through Mt. Shasta Thursday morning. Image courtesy of Mt. Shasta PD – Mount Shasta Area Newspapers
As the pursuit continued and Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office joined the chase, the driver made her way up Lake Street going approximately 45-50 miles per hour.
She then led pursuing officers through town to Nixon Road, back to Lake Street, and then onto I-5 going northbound. The fleeing woman then exited Abrams Road before heading back to I-5 heading southbound.
At that point California Highway Patrol officers took over the pursuit and CHP officers were able to deploy a spike strip disabling the vehicle near Gibson Road.
The woman was taken into custody without further incident and she was later transported to Mercy Mt Shasta for a mental health evaluation. Due to the woman’s mental health crisis, no criminal charges were expected regarding the incident.
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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 (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).
Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.
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.