Wednesday, July 16 — A traffic stop quickly turned into a vehicle pursuit after a Susanville man failed to yield.
At about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, Justin Lord, 26, failed to stop his vehicle after a Susanville police officer attempted to pull him over on Fair Drive for driving without a license, according to a press release from the Susanville Police Department.
The chase lasted about four minutes and covered nearly 1.3 miles. Lord eventually stopped his vehicle, which reached nearly 50 miles per hour during the chase, on Hall Street. Upon stopping, he then allegedly tried to flee the scene on foot.
Additionally, officers located two shotguns with ammunition in the suspect’s vehicle.
Lord was charged with evading a peace officer, being a felon in possession of ammunition and a firearm, driving without a license and resisting a peace officer. He was booked into the Lassen County jail and was held on a $30,000 bail.
The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office assisted the police department, and the case has been referred to the Lassen County district Attorney’s Office for prosecution.