Early Saturday morning, August 20, at 2:31 a.m., Redding Police Officer Bishop observed an earlier reported stolen vehicle. The vehicle was a 1990 Honda accord, which was originally white in color, and was now spray painted in a flat black color. Officer Bishop initiated a traffic stop but the driver failed to yield, and a pursuit began.
The driver fled from the area of Eastside Road near Girvan Road, to Churn Creek Road near Alrose Lane. The pursuit lasted several miles and reached speeds of up to 80 miles per hour. At one point, the driver intentionally drove his vehicle into the pursuing police vehicle and rammed the patrol car. This was an apparent effort to assault the police officer.
A short time later, other officers deployed a spike strip, which deflated the stolen vehicle’s tires and the driver came to a stop. The driver fled on foot, leaving two passengers in the car. The driver stopped in a confined, narrow driveway, and officers were not able to safely chase him until the passengers were secured.
The investigation revealed the driver is wanted on several arrest warrants; he was not immediately captured. The driver was identified as Tyler Schweizer, 26, of Redding. He is now also wanted on suspicion of assault on a police officer and evading arrest. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should notify the police immediately.
Last month, Schweizer was arrested following a short foot pursuit after the motorcycle on which he was riding crashed while attempting to evade Shasta County sheriff’s deputies. He has other recent arrests on October 19, 2010, January 18, 2011, and June 9, 2011.
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