Palermo man in custody after high-speed chase, collisions with police vehicles, crash into telephone pole

A Palermo, California man on parole for attempted murder in Butte County, led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase through Susanville and collided with several police vehicles before hitting a telephone pole and disabling his own vehicle.

Glenn Russell

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office identified the driver as Glenn Russell, 54, of Palermo, California. He was booked into the Lassen County Jail on charges of reckless evading of a peace officer, felon in possession of a firearm, parole violation, hit and run with property damage, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Glenn’s bail is set at $35,000.

According to a statement from the LCSO, a deputy initiated a traffic stop on a gold Honda Civic for a traffic violation on Highway 139 near Lassen College about 11:50 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17.

The driver failed to yield to the deputy and quickly accelerated to about 90 miles-per-hour. The deputy pursued the vehicle as it drove at a high rate of speed southbound on Ash Street toward Main Street in Susanville. The vehicle turned right onto Main Street, still at a high rate of speed. The vehicle drove through the stoplight at the intersection of Main Street and Alexander Avenue by entering the opposing lane of traffic.

The vehicle continued driving through stoplights at the intersections of Main Street/Grand Avenue and Main and Weatherlow streets. The vehicle turned right onto Union Street and nearly collided head-on with a vehicle stopped at the intersection of Main and Union streets.

The vehicle, still failing to yield to the deputy, turned right onto Nevada Street, running the stop sign. When the vehicle drove through the stop sign at the intersection of Nevada and Weatherlow streets, it turned right and struck the driver’s side rear bumper of an unmarked Susanville Police Department vehicle that had its emergency lights and siren activated.

As the vehicle attempted to continue south on Weatherlow Street, it collided with a marked SPD patrol vehicle and subsequently struck a telephone pole and became disabled. After the crash into the telephone pole, the LCSO reported Russell “was taken into custody without incident.”

During a search of the vehicle, deputies located a .50 caliber black powder rifle, .50 caliber ball rounds of ammunition and a pack of primers. In addition, suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were also located inside the vehicle.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office thanks the Susanville Police Department, California Highway Patrol and CalFire Law Enforcement for their assistance in this incident.