REDDING: Oregon woman leads officers on chase through fences, pastures

REDDING — An Oregon woman who smashed through ten different fences while leading officials on a dangerous pursuit through fields and pastures was apprehended after bailing from her vehicle near Churn Creek. The alleged suspect was captured while attempting to elude ground and air officers as well as a police K-9 by wading through the creek.

Marlena Hines was arrested after leading officials on a dangerous pursuit. Redding PD photo

After her apprehension Monday morning, Jan. 29, officers arrested 32-year-old, Marlena Hines.

She was later booked at Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of recklessly evading police officers, felony vandalism, possession of narcotics and paraphernalia, driving while addicted and driving on a suspended or revoked license and she remains in custody, held on $75,000 bail.

The incident began about 9 a.m., near downtown Redding, when a Redding PD officer attempted to stop a black Honda sedan for a vehicle code violation.

The driver, who was later identified as Hines, refused to stop for the officer’s lights and siren and she immediately fled at high-speed.

The officer initiated a vehicle pursuit and additional patrol units soon joined the chase. According to officials, while she fled, Hines drove in an extremely reckless manner, without regard for other citizens or pursuing officers.

After leaving the downtown area Hines fled east on Highway 44 to Victor Avenue, then south towards Churn Creek Bottom. During the ten-minute pursuit, which traveled just over seven miles, California Highway Patrol’s Aviation Unit assisted ground officers by sending a helicopter and airplane to monitor the chase from overhead.

Hines, who officials said “seemed very determined to get away,” continued south on Commercial Way, towards a dead-end – where officials believed she would stop.

After apprehending Hines, officials found she was in possession of narcotics and paraphernalia. Redding PD photo

To the pursuing officers’ surprise, Hines continued fleeing through private properties, fields and pastures, crashing through no less than ten fences, according to officials.

In an attempt to elude CHP’s air support units, Hines eventually stopped her vehicle under a stand of trees and fled on foot.

Despite her run for freedom, Hines was eventually spotted wading through Churn Creek and as officers closed in, she reportedly gave up and was taken into custody without further incident.

“Luckily, no animals were harmed when (Hines) went through several pastures & fences,” officials said after the woman’s arrest. She was eventually booked into jail on a variety of charges.

Redding police officials later thanked CHP for their assistance and also thanked “everyone who pulled over so we could get this dangerous driver off the roadway.”


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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 grandchildren.

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