County backhoes stop fleeing vehicle

Have you ever tried to squeeze between a pair of Lassen County backhoes on a closed stretch of a county dirt road while being chased by the California Highway Patrol?

Well, Doyle resident Gregory Dodson, 23, unsuccessfully tried to do just that as he fled from a CHP officer about 8:11 a.m. Tuesday, May 9. According to a statement from the CHP, an officer was in the area responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle noticed a 1996 Subaru in the area of Gregory Lane. The officer ran a registration check and discovered the vehicle had been stolen in Oroville, California.

Waiting for other officers to arrive, the officer followed the Subaru southbound on Highway 395, until it turned onto the Doyle Loop. Once on the Doyle Loop, the officer activated his lights and siren to initiate a “high risk” traffic stop. The driver accelerated away from the officer and turned onto Doyle Grade, failed to stop at a stop sign at Highway 395, crossed the highway and then continued on Doyle Grade.

Dodson then turned north on Laura Drive, drove around a road closed sign and continued to evade the officer until he came upon two county backhoes parked in the road. He attempted to drive between the two backhoes, unsuccessfully colliding with both of them. The Subaru’s passenger, Billy Hensher, 29, of Yreka, was taken into custody at the scene.

Dodson fled on foot, but was taken into custody without incident a short time later. No one was injured as a result of the collision.

“The Susanville CHP would like to thank the Lassen County Sheriff ’s Office and the Lassen County Road Department for their involvement and assistance with this pursuit,” the statement read.