RPD Makes Arrest in Road Rage Incident


On April 18, 2017 at approximately 6:15 PM, officers of the Redding Police department responded to Westwood Avenue and Westside Road for the report of a road rage incident with injuries.

Officers found Jesse Ryan Meeder 18 years of Redding, and David Joe Hyatt 29 years of Redding at this location. Hyatt had injuries consistent with a broken leg. Meeder told police he was involved in a road rage incident with an elderly male driving a car on SR273 where the elderly man tried to run him off the roadway. Victim Meeder stopped his car on Westwood Avenue and the elderly man followed to confront him. Words were exchanged when Meeder told the suspect he was calling police. At this point, the elderly man tried to flee in his car.

Meeder said he stood in front of the suspect’s car and told him to wait for police to arrive however, the male instead drove into Meeder, knocking him over the hood of the car. Hyatt, who is related to Meeder, was a short distance up the road and had not been involved in the initial confrontation. When he saw the suspect strike Meeder with his car, he began yelling at the suspect to stop. The suspect accelerated toward Hyatt, striking him with the vehicle, running over his legs with the left front tire of the car causing significant injuries.

A description of the suspect vehicle and driver was provided to officers. Members of the Redding Police Neighborhood Police Unit responded to assist. Two officers from the NPU began checking areas south of the incident and found the suspect vehicle parked out of view, behind the Win River Casino. Damage on the vehicle, the license plate, and description matched what victim’s provided police. With the assistance of Win River Casino Security personnel, the suspect was located inside the casino and taken outside to waiting NPU officers. The victims were able to positively identify Daniel Dale Dawson, 60 years of Redding, as the responsible suspect in this potentially deadly vehicle assault.

Dawson was arrested and booked into Shasta County jail for assault with a deadly weapon. His car was towed for evidence. Victim Hyatt was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with injuries to his legs, his abdomen, and ribs. He is in stable condition and waiting for test results as to the extent of his injuries.

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7 Responses

  1. Frank Treadway says:

    Road rage is not uncommon in the CoR. I witness it every week and when I can get a glance at the Road Rager, it’s often a senior white male. This is a dilemma for law enforcement, how to  detect or predict who and where RRs are likely to perform their angry act.

    • K. Beck says:

      There is no way to predict this act of violence. I suppose a psychiatrist could point out the buildup, and what to watch for, but if you are not in the auto with the person you won’t know what is going to happen. Just be careful when you are driving, don’t cut in and out of traffic, cut off other drivers, etc. Be polite when you are driving. If you see someone with a turn signal on who wants to change lanes, slow down and give them some space to change lanes, don’t speed up so they cannot get in the other lane, etc. That is your only defense.

  2. Richard Christoph says:

    The “Road Rager” was described as “elderly” no fewer than 8 times in the R-S article.

    He was 60.


    • Beverly Stafford says:

      Thank you, Richard Christoph.  Since I’m of the opinion that 75 is the new 45, I wonder at the sophomoric writing in many of these press releases.  Remember last year when the “elderly” woman shot and killed the meth user who repeatedly tried to break into her home?  I believe she was 62.  By the way, this may have been an R-S article; however, the byline is Redding Police Department.  I blame the R-S for poor writing any time I can, but I think they get a pass on this one.

    • Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

      Yeah, what’s up with that? I’m 60, and I don’t feel a day over 58.

  3. Denise says:

    Elder is a nice word. Let’s try using that. Boomers are going down hard on this aging gracefully notion. LOL

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