RPD: Man Tries To Choke K9 After Crashing Stolen Car Near Shasta Regional Medical Center

Multiple arrests were made after a stolen car crashed and burned in Downtown Redding Sunday afternoon. At about 4:50PM an RPD Officer on South Market Street near Wyndham Lane saw a Honda Accord that had been reported stolen from Colusa. The officer attempted a traffic stop but the sped away northbound. As the chase neared Downtown, police canceled the pursuit for public safety, but the driver continued as if he were being chased, driving very fast and recklessly. At Tehama and East, across the street from the hospital, the car plowed into the corner of a building and caught fire. The alleged driver, 22-year-old Colton Smith of Orland, was apprehended by Duke the K9. Police say Smith tried to choke Duke. A passenger, 21-year-old Mariah Wooten of Red Bluff, reportedly also resisted but was arrested. Another female passenger ran and got away. Smith is on probation in Glenn County for car theft.


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