Vehicle Pursuit SR-70 just west of Butterfly Valley Road
On Thursday February 24, 2022, at approximately 1440 hours, Susanville CHP Communications Center received a call regarding a possible DUI driver which had driven past traffic control flaggers in the area of the Rock Creek Dam in the Feather River Canyon. Reporting parties advised the vehicle was driving all over the road, with several near miss collisions occurring. The callers provided a license plate number, which returned to as 2009 Honda CR-V which had been reported stolen out of Oroville earlier in the day. Multiple CHP units responded and located the Honda traveling eastbound in the area of Quarry Road. Two Quincy CHP units attempted to make a stop on the Honda at the Spanish Creek Bridge, at which point the female driver failed to yield. A short pursuit ensued. The driver ultimately ended up driving off the road, just west of Butterfly Valley Road, up a dirt/rock embankment, overturning several times. Following a high-risk stop, the driver was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest for the failure to yield, suspected driving under the influence, reckless driving, and charges resulting from the stolen vehicle. During the medical clearance and booking process, the driver provided false identity and bit one of the Officers, resulting in a visible injury. The female driver did not claim any injuries as a result of this incident. This incident remains open and is an ongoing investigation.
Three Vehicle Major Injury Collision, Red Rock Road at US-395
On Thursday, 02/24/2022, at approximately 1256 hours, George Gulan was driving his 2008 Ford Escape westbound on Red Rock Rd. approaching the intersection with US-395, with Sandra Gulan in the right front passenger seat. Wade Mitchell was driving his 2000 Subaru Outback northbound on US-395 and just south of Red Rock Road. Gulan stopped for the stop sign and then entered the intersection to make a left-hand turn to go southbound onto US-395 as Mitchell's Subaru was entering the intersection. Mitchell took evasive action by turning to the left. The front of the Subaru Outback collided with the front of the Ford Escape. The Ford Escape was spun around and came to rest facing in an easterly direction and blocking the intersection near the area of impact. The Subaru Outback was sent careening in a northwesterly direction across US-395 and onto the west shoulder where it collided with a large highway sign prior to coming to rest. All three vehicle occupants were injured as a result of this collision and transported to Renown Medical Center. It was determined that both occupants of the Ford had been wearing their seatbelts, while the sole occupant of the Subaru had not been wearing his seatbelt.