Red Bluff man arrested after Redding high-speed pursuit, crash

REDDING — A Red Bluff man who led officers on a high-speed pursuit that was eventually cancelled due to the man’s alleged dangerous actions and inclement weather conditions was later apprehended when he crashed into another car.

The pursuit began near Shasta View Dr. and Marigold Way and ended when the alleged suspect crashed into another vehicle in the area of Hwy. 44 and Interstate 5. The collision that ended the man’s flight for freedom injured a 54-year-old Redding resident, sending him to the hospital.


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The incident began shortly before 9:30 p.m., when a Redding police officer attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on a silver, 2013 Kia Optima, Redding Police Corporal Harris said after the man’s arrest.

Richard Pulido was arrested after allegedly leading officers on a high-speed pursuit that ended when he crashed into and injured another motorist. RPD photo

The driver, later identified as Richard Angel Pulido, 33, of Red Bluff, refused to yield to the officer’s lights and siren and sped away from the official, at which time a brief pursuit was initiated.

During the short chase, Pulido reportedly drove in an extremely reckless manner, without regard for the safety of other citizens or pursuing officers.

“Due to the recklessness of Pulido’s driving and weather conditions, the pursuit was terminated on Hwy 44 near Victor Ave,” explained Harris.

Despite officers discontinuing their pursuit, Pulido continued westbound on Hwy 44 at a high rate of speed, according to Harris. Due to his speed and reckless driving, the fleeing man eventually lost control of his car and crashed into another vehicle in the area of Hwy. 44 and I-5.

Already alerted to the man’s attempt to elude Redding officers, California Highway Patrol arrived at the scene of the wreck moments later, along with Redding police officers.

The other driver involved in the collision, who Harris said was not at fault in the collision, suffered minor to moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital, according to the Corporal.

While CHP investigated the cause of the crash, Redding PD’s DUI Investigator Jacob Provencio arrived at the scene and administered a series of field sobriety tests, during which he determined Pulido was possibly under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.

Pulido was subsequently arrested and transported to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries he received in the collision. He was later booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of felony evading and felony DUI causing injury. Jail records indicate he remains in custody on $50,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Redding Police Corporal Harris at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 18R084753 and can remain anonymous.


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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta 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. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s 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 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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