Monday, April 14, 2014 — After being alerted to a suspicious circumstance in the late evening of Saturday, April 12, local law enforcement agencies pursued an Oregon man on a high-speed chase, which eventually resulted in his arrest.
James Nolan, 45, of Portland, was arrested on charges of kidnapping, evading arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a license and vehicle theft.
According to the California Highway Patrol, officers were alerted to a suspicious situation after a woman was heard yelling “Help me,” from a dark Dodge Stratus at the Long Valley Agriculture Inspection Station.
Officers responded southbound from Susanville and located the vehicle traveling north near the Honey Lake Rest Area.
As officers were attempting to overtake the vehicle and make an enforcement stop, CHP dispatch received a 911 call from a distraught woman. She reported her boyfriend allegedly punched her in the face, threw her out of the vehicle, stole the car and all her personal belongings and left her on the side of the road near Wemple’s Pumpkin Patch in Milford.
Several motorists stopped to assist the woman until first responders and an ambulance could respond.
Officers pursued the vehicle Nolan was driving at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The pursuit continued for 28 miles from Highway 395 to westbound on State Route 36.
As the pursuit traveled through Susanville, city police officers assisted by blocking of all of the major intersections.
Deputies from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office assisted as the pursuit approached Fredonyer Summit.
A CHP officer performed a pursuit intervention technique and spun the vehicle out causing it to become disabled.
The other CHP officer, assisted by deputies, took Nolan into custody. Deputies also deployed their newest K9 unit as a deterrent and the suspect did not resist further after seeing the dog.
The CHP expresses its gratitude to the assistance provided by the police department and sheriff’s office and cited it as a great example of local law enforcement agencies working together to serve the community.