FRM man in stolen car leads officers on 95 mph pursuit

REDDING — Already on probation for carjacking, a Fall River Mills man who led officers on a short, high speed pursuit in a stolen vehicle was arrested again early Saturday morning, Nov. 23. The pursuit, which began when an officer spotted the stolen car leaving the Win-River Casino in Redding and hit speeds of 95 mph, lasted about three minutes and traveled about three miles.

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Last night’s dangerous pursuit began around 1:50 a.m., when a Redding police officer spotted a silver, 2006 Ford Mustang leaving the casino, Redding Police Sgt. Jeff Schmidt reported after the pursuit and arrest.

When the officer conducted a records check of the vehicle’s license, he learned the Mustang had been reported stolen two days earlier from the mountain community of Burney, about 50 miles east of Redding.

Already on probation for carjacking, Cecil Taylor was arrested after leading Redding police officers on a 95 mph pursuit in a car he allegedly stole from Burney.

When the driver, later identified as Cecil Taylor, 31, of Fall River Mills, saw the officer’s vehicle behind him he immediately accelerated away from the official, at which time a pursuit was initiated.

As the chase headed southbound on Canyon Rd. at speeds of 95 mph, the pursuing officer reported Taylor was fleeing in an extremely dangerous manner, without regard for the safety of other citizens or officers chasing him.

Taylor continued fleeing to Happy Valley Rd. where he eventually came to a stop near Treat Ln., at which time numerous officers who had responded to assist in the pursuit conducted a high-risk, felony traffic stop.

As officers stacked up behind the stolen Mustang with weapons drawn, Taylor and a female companion were detained without further incident.

Taylor, who was the suspect in the original theft of the vehicle according to Schmidt, was booked into Shasta County Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, felony evading, violation of probation and outstanding warrants.

“The female was determined to not be involved or have knowledge of the vehicle theft and was released,” the Sgt. explained.

No officers or citizens were injured during the pursuit or Taylor’s apprehension and Redding PD’s investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with additional information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 19R077268 and can remain anonymous.


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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; 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 29 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 16 grandchildren.

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