Accident leads to Main Street chase, crashes, arrest

A Garden Grove woman faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading a peace officer, driving under the influence of alcohol, hit and run causing property damage and driving on a suspended driver’s license following a series of late evening incidents in Susanville on Wednesday, Feb 1.

According to a statement from the Susanville Police Department, officers were dispatched to the intersection of Main and Sacramento streets about 8:23 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 after what was described as a Gold GMC Yukon reportedly struck a stop sign and destroyed it. The sign was found later in a nearby parking lot.

While officers searched for the Yukon, they noticed a Gold 200 Cadillac Escalade tailgating a vehicle on Ash Street. Officers later determined two witnesses where in front of the Escalade attempting to make the vehicle stop.

According to the statement, “All parties turned onto Main Street and began driving westbound at a slow rate of speed. Susanville police units pulled in behind and attempted to make a vehicle stop, using lights and sirens. The vehicle failed to yield. Near the intersection of Main Street and Grand Avenue, the vehicle came to a complete stop. A patrol unit pulled in behind the suspect vehicle. The driver then placed the vehicle into reverse and backed into the patrol unit causing minor damage.

“At this point the suspect vehicle accelerated to speeds of approximately 60 miles-per-hour on Main Street, turning south onto S. Weatherlow Street and running the red turn signal at the intersection. The suspect vehicle then attempted to turn at Mill Street, when it hit the curb and knocked off both drivers’ side tires before hitting a parked vehicle on Carroll Street. The suspect vehicle traveled a few more yards, but due to the damage sustained, it came to a rest on the east side of Carroll Street.”

The driver, identified as Maitram Thi Hoang, 46, of Garden Grove exited the vehicle and was immediately taken into custody without further incident. Hoang was booked into the Lassen County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading a Peace Officer, driving under the influence of alcohol, hit and run causing property damage and driving on a suspended driver’s license.

The case had been referred to the Lassen County District Attorney.