High Speed Chase Stopped by Susanville CHP Just Ahead of LC Fair Parade


The Susanville CA Highway Patrol stopped a stolen vehicle from crashing into the Lassen County Fair Parade this Saturday. Around 9 am a stolen vehicle was reported to be traveling east on HWY 44. The GMC truck had been stolen out of Redding earlier that morning. CHP was able to scramble a helicopter to locate the vehicle. Knowing a parade and hundreds of parade goers were lining the streets of Main street in Uptown spike strips were deployed, yet the driver was able to avoid hitting the strips and continued onto SR 36 heading towards Susanville at a high rate of speed. CHP pursued the vehicle; another CHP officer was successful in laying the second set of spike strips just outside of town and was able to blow out one of the vehicle’s tires. The truck slowed as it entered Main street when the driver exited the vehicle while it was still rolling. A CHP office was able to place his vehicle in front of the roll-away truck to stop it from crashing down Main street into innocent bystanders. The driver who was on foot ran towards the Bank of America Building yet two parade goers were able to tackle her to the ground to hold her until officers arrived, she was then compliant and placed under arrest. It is unknown if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, yet drugs were located inside her vehicle. Josie Craig age 29, is being charged with multiple felonies including evading officers, possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, assault, possession of drugs, and being an unlicensed driver.


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