Red Bluff hit and run leads to pursuit, multi-agency search – Local couple arrested

RED BLUFF, Calif., — Authorities say two people were arrested after a non-injury parking lot hit and run led to a dangerous pursuit and multi-agency search Saturday afternoon, Jan. 8. California Highway Patrol, Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Land Management officials assisted Red Bluff Police Department with the search that ultimately led to the pair’s apprehension.

Yesterday’s incident was the second time in as many days where a Red Bluff citizen’s tip led to the apprehension of suspects after the Thursday, Jan. 6th arrest of a man who was caught attempting to steal catalytic converters from a car parked in a Red Bluff McDonald’s parking lot.


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City of Red Bluff police officers were dispatched to the Raley’s parking lot in the Red Bluff Shopping Center, near the intersection of Luther Road and S. Main Street, just before 2 p.m. after receiving the report of a hit-and-run, Red Bluff PD has since said of the incident and arrests.

While officers were responding to the scene, they received updated information that the hit and run victim was following a Dodge SUV after its driver had struck the victim’s vehicle and left the parking lot without stopping to exchange information.

Kayla A. Hudges, 27, and Joshua C. Pennock, 34, were arrested after a citizen’s tip at the end of a vehicle pursuit led to their apprehension. Red Bluff Police Department photo

The 911 caller told emergency dispatchers they were following the vehicle northbound on I-5 and that the SUV had exited the freeway at Wilcox Road, according to RBPD; who explained, “When our first officer arrived in the area, the driver of the Dodge attempted to flee.”

“As the pursuit continued on Wilcox Road at speeds in excess of 60 mph, the driver displayed wanton disregard of traffic and bicyclists on the roadway,” officials continued; adding that multiple other area law enforcement agencies, including California Highway Patrol, Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, and a K9 Unit from the Bureau of Land Management, soon converged on the ongoing chase.

The vehicle pursuit came to an end and turned into a foot chase and multi-agency search when the Dodge became stuck in a wooded area and two occupants ran from the vehicle, disappearing into the nearby woods.

As the search for the pair continued, a concerned citizen who noticed all the police activity called 911 and reported seeing two subjects walking in the area where officers had been searching. 

Aided by the citizen’s tip, officials quickly located and detained two people, later identified as the driver, Kayla A. Hudges, 27, and passenger, Joshua C. Pennock, 34.

Both Hudges and Pennock were found to have multiple outstanding warrants for their arrest and the pair was taken into custody.

After their arrests, Hudges and Pennock were transported to the Tehama County Jail where they were booked for charges related to the collision and pursuit, as well as their outstanding warrants.

Hudges was booked on suspicion of felony fleeing and eluding, resisting or obstructing arrest, false impersonation, and possession of narcotics, while Pennock was booked on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy to commit a crime, resisting or obstructing a police officer, and being an accessory to a crime.

Online jail records indicate both remain in custody in lieu of $15,000 bail or bond.

“We would like to thank CHP, TCSO, and BLM for their assistance, as well as the citizens in the area who helped us locate the subjects involved,” said RBPD.

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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.