Scene of the crash.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning’s high speed pursuit on U.S. Highway 101, which started in Eureka and involved a crash that injured two, including an officer, reached 120 mph at points.
The sheriff’s office reports the suspect was a wanted felon who was taken into custody after driving over a spike strip. The Eureka Police Department is expected to release more information later this afternoon.
At approximately 9:45 a.m., law enforcement was pursuing a vehicle on Broadway through Eureka when a crash occurred.
UPDATE 10:03 a.m.: The pursuit originated at the Holiday Inn, according to Officer LaFrance of the Eureka Police Department. The crash occurred between an officer’s vehicle headed southbound and another vehicle. Two people were injured, including the officer, and taken to the hospital. According to the scanner, the suspect vehicle, a black Impala, fled the area.
UPDATE 10:10 a.m.: Northbound Broadway is being diverted at Harris. Southbound is one lane at Vigo and Henderson is closed at Fairfield.
Two people were injured.
UPDATE 10:15 a.m.: Law enforcement located the vehicle, a black Chevy Impala, and continued pursuit. The vehicle exited into Rio Dell but then officers lost sight of it. They are now searching.
UPDATE 10:21 a.m.: The suspect vehicle has been seen again at Hanson and Palmer near Fortuna.
UPDATE 10:23 a.m.: Now the vehicle was last seen northbound 101 at Palmer Blvd., according to an officer reporting to dispatch.
UPDATE 10:26 a.m.: The suspect was headed northbound on 101 near Tompkins Hill. At one time he was going the wrong way but now is headed the right way.
UPDATE 10:27 a.m.: Now he is headed southbound just south of College of the Redwoods.
UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Now passing southbound 101 near Loleta. Speeds of up to 120 mph.
UPDATE 10:33 a.m.: A Sheriff’s vehicle is trying to block the suspect, according to one officer on the scanner. They are passing Kenmar heading southbound about 100 mph.
UPDATE 10:35 a.m.: They are approaching the Hwy 36 cutoff.
UPDATE 10:36 a.m.: The suspect is wanted in connection with a domestic violence issue, according to someone speaking over the scanner.
UPDATE 10:39 a.m.: The suspect is passing Stafford approaching the overlook just before Jordan Road on Hwy 101.
UPDATE 10:40 a.m.: A spike strip is being deployed. “And it appears he ran over it,” according to an officer speaking over the scanner.
UPDATE 10:41 a.m.: The vehicle is smoking, the suspect is slowing down, and putting his arms out the window, according to an officer speaking over the scanner. The suspect lost a tire.
UPDATE 10:45 a.m.: The suspect is in custody but the northbound Hwy 101 is blocked. An officer is requesting a tow for a black Impala with three blown tires.