Man arrested after dangerous Shasta Lake pursuit

SHASTA LAKE – Deputies arrested a man after he led them on a dangerous vehicle pursuit through a residential neighborhood, Sunday, May 22.

During the chase, the man – who was later identified as Michael Brian Chandler, 28, of Shasta Lake – drove without regard for the safety of other citizens or pursuing deputies.

“Chandler drove in excess of 50 mph down residential streets and failed to stop for nine different stop signs,” according to Shasta County Sheriff’s Sgt. Barry Powell.

The pursuit ended in front of a residence in the 2100 block of Grand Coulee Boulevard. Deputies arrested Chandler without further incident. He was later booked into jail for multiple felonies.

The incident began at 8:58 p.m. when a Shasta County Sheriff’s deputy assigned to the City of Shasta Lake observed a pickup truck with several vehicle code violations at the intersection of Locust and Chico Streets. 

The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle by activating his overhead lights and siren. The driver refused to yield and fled from the deputy, at which time the deputy initiated a vehicle pursuit. 

The dangerous pursuit continued until Chandler stopped at a residential property on Grand Coulee Boulevard where deputies took him  into custody.

Once Chndler was in custody, Deputies conducted a records check that revealed he had a felony warrant for his arrest. Deputies also learned Chandler’s California Driver’s License was suspended and he had a prior felony conviction.

While conducting a search after Chandler’s arrest, deputies discovered he was in possession of ammunition. As a felon, Chandler is prohibited from possessing ammunition.

Deputies booked Chandler into the Shasta County Jail for recklessly evading, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and his existing felony warrant.


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