CHP copter aids in arrest of pair who fled Palo Cedro rollover

PALO CEDRO — A CHP aviation crew was instrumental in apprehending two men who fled from the scene of a rollover traffic accident east of Redding, in the unincorporated Palo Cedro area, early Saturday morning, April 6. The accident happened on SR-44, west of Deschutes Rd., according to officials.


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CHP officers dispatched to the solo-vehicle crash found an overturned vehicle that was abandoned and unoccupied.

Investigating officers learned that when they arrived at the scene, two of the vehicle’s occupants ran into nearby woods and hid from them.

“The CHP officers on the ground requested H-16 to search the area,” CHP’s Northern Division Air Operations later reported on social media. “H-16 was able to locate the two suspects shortly after arriving at the scene by using our thermal imaging camera which detects body heat.” The men were spotted hiding amidst dense trees and foliage, north of the nearby highway.

H-16’s crew members directed officers on the ground to where the two were hiding and they were subsequently taken into custody without further incident. Officials did not specify what the two men were arrested for.

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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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