On July 31, 2011 at 11:45 p.m., Officer Todd Rowen observed a vehicle on Hartnell Avenue that was reported overdue by the registered owner the day prior. The registered owner reported to Redding Police the vehicle had been taken by a parolee possibly armed with a handgun. The parolee was later identified as Bouachanh Phetchamphone, 31, of Redding. Officer Rowen made a U-turn and attempted to overtake the vehicle. The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and a pursuit was initiated.
The pursuit eventually ended on the westside of Redding after the vehicle crashed into a guardrail at Riverside Drive and California Street. Phetchamphone fled from the vehicle and into the thick brush north of Riverside Drive. The CHP helicopter was assisting in the pursuit and was able to follow Phetchamphone as he ran from officers.
Phetchamphone ran to the fenced ACID area off Riverside Drive. He scaled the fence and walked onto scaffolding of the ACID diversion dam over the Sacramento River. He climbed over the safety cables and it appeared he was going to jump into the river. Redding Fire Department and a Shasta County Sheriff’s river boat responded for a possible river rescue.
After over two hours of negotiating with Phetchamphone to come off the scaffolding, officers initiated a rescue plan. Officers were able to close the distance during the negotiation. Officers were able to grab Phetchamphone and pull him over the safety cables. Phetchamphone violently resisted and was safely taken into custody with the assistance of Redding Police K-9 Vermut.
Phetchamphone was taken to Shasta Regional Medical Center for medical clearance for the dog bite. He was later booked on suspicion of DUI, hit and run accident, recklessly evading a peace officer, and a parole violation.
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