Officers from the California Highway Patrol, a CHP helicopter, spike strips and local residents gathered for the Lassen County Fair Parade ended a stolen car chase in Uptown Susanville about 9:45 a.m. Saturday, July 23, landing an Alderpoint man in the Lassen County Jail on charges of felony evading, possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, assault, possession of drugs and being an unlicensed driver.
According to a statement from the CHP, about 8:48 a.m. Saturday, July 23 local dispatch received information that a stolen 2022 GMC Denali was traveling eastbound on Highway 44. The GMC had been stolen in Redding earlier in the morning.
A CHP Northern Air Operations helicopter located the stolen GMC traveling eastbound on Highway 44, near the Bogard Rest Area. CHP patrol units staged to intercept the stolen GMC, just east of Highway 36 on Highway 44. A spike strip was deployed but was unsuccessful. The two CHP units on scene attempted a stop on the stolen vehicle and it fled east on Highway 36, towards Susanville.
A third CHP unit was staged near the city limit of Susanville and was able to deploy a spike strip that deflated the left front tire. The GMC slowed as it came down Main Street, and the suspect, Josie Craig, 33, of Alderpoint, California, fled the vehicle as it was still rolling. A CHP officer maneuvered a patrol vehicle in front of the rolling GMC and used the vehicle to slow the adandoned vehicle before it hit bystanders standing along the street.
The suspect was tackled by several Good Samaritans and held until CHP officers could take her into custody. The suspect bit the Good Samaritans who held her, and booked into Lassen County Jail.