November 18, 2018 5:23 pm
On November 18, 2018 at 3:16 am, Officer Travis Braud was towing a vehicle from the Parking lot of the 7-11 on Eureka Way. The driver of the car being towed had called a friend to come pick her up. While completing paperwork, Officer Braud observed a newer model Chevy Camaro driving at a high rate of speed with its lights turned off. The vehicle turned onto Rose Ave. from Eureka Way. Officer Braud advised officers in the area to attempt to locate the vehicle. Officers observed the Camaro eastbound on Shasta St. at Market St. The driver continued to drive without regard to citizens, by driving at an unsafe speed and running red lights. Officers were unable to catch up to the car to make an enforcement stop. The driver of the car being towed told Officer Braud the Camaro belonged to the friend she called to pick her up. The Camaro’s registered owner was found to have several warrants for his arrest and a suspended driver’s license.
Several minutes later, Officer Jeremiah Kasinger observed the Camaro southbound on Hilltop Drive south of Lake Blvd. As he caught up to it, the driver immediately began to flee southbound Hilltop Dr. Officer Kasinger initiated a pursuit of the Camaro.
The pursuit continued on the east side of town, on multiple streets, reaching speeds of 80 Miles Per Hour. The driver continued to run red traffic lights and drive without regard for citizens. Luckily, due to the time of morning, there was little to no traffic or pedestrians out. Officer Kasinger was joined in the pursuit by Officer Nolan Guiducci and his canine partner Dozer. Eventually, the driver got onto southbound I-5 and the California Highway Patrol was requested to assist.
Based on the dangerous nature of the driving, allied agencies were requested to assist by utilizing “spike strips”, a device used to deflate the vehicle tires at a controlled rate, to help bring the pursuit to an end. Anderson Police Department attempted twice to deploy a spike strip, but the driver was able to avoid it. The pursuit continued on I-5, reaching speeds over 130 miles per hour, into Tehama County. Tehama County Sheriff’s Department also attempted to deploy spike strips at two different locations. The first was unsuccessful but, in an attempt to avoid the second set of spike strips, the driver drove into the center median, down a steep embankment and became stuck in a small drainage. The driver fled on foot eastbound across the northbound lanes of I-5. He quickly stopped and surrendered when he was told a police dog would be released. He was taken into custody without incident and identified at Christopher Levan, 30 years old of Redding. Levan had felony warrants for his arrest for possession of dangerous weapons, and assault on a person. Levan is a convicted felon and illegally in possession of a stun gun.
Levan was booked into Shasta County Jail for the warrants, felon in possession of a stun gun, driving on a suspended license and reckless evasion.
Contact: Corporal Jeff Schmidt #311
Redding Police Department
Reviewed: Sergeant Rex Berry #327