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Redding Police find meth and handgun while investigating traffic collision


August 22nd, 2020               11:00 P.M.

On Saturday, August 22nd, 2020, at 4:57 P.M., Redding Police, Redding Fire and paramedics responded to a traffic collision involving a passenger car and motorcycle at the intersection of Lake Blvd. and St. Marks St.  The investigation revealed the driver of the Suzuki motorcycle, 34 year old Jacob Pearson of Shasta Lake City, was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Lake Blvd.  The driver of the silver Toyota Corolla, 28 year old Stephanie Stearns of Redding, was merging onto eastbound Lake Blvd. from Southbound St. Marks St. and was unable to see the Suzuki approaching her vehicle.  The front of the Suzuki struck the rear driver side of the Corolla, causing Pearson to be ejected onto the roadway.

Stearns was wearing her safety belt and her 7 year old child was secured in a child safety seat in the rear of the vehicle.  Stearns was determined not to be impaired with alcohol and/or drugs.  Stearn’s child was transported by paramedics to Mercy Medical Center for minor injuries.

Pearson was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision and was transported by paramedics to Mercy Medical Center for major injuries.  Pearson was admitted for treatment and it is unknown if he was impaired with alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the collision.  The collision is currently under investigation by the Redding Police Traffic / DUI Unit.

During an inventory of Pearson’s property left on-scene of the collision, officers located a .45 caliber handgun, ammunition, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.  Due to Pearson’s hospitalization, this portion of the case will be filed with the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of the violations of possession of a concealed handgun, possession of a handgun and a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Suzuki motorcycle sustained major damage and the Corolla sustained moderate damage with airbag deployment.  Both vehicles blocked the eastbound lanes of Lake Blvd. for approximately one hour as officers directed traffic around the scene.

Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at 530-225-4200.

Jacob Pearson


Contact:         Corporal Rob Garnero # 395

Redding Police Department


Reviewed:      Sergeant Paul Slagle #323