Tuesday, April 7, 2015 • Redding man arrested after high-speed chase

Publisher’s note: This story originally appeared in the Tuesday, April 7, 2015, edition of the Lassen County Times.

A Redding man is in custody in the Lassen County Jail after leading officers from the California Highway Patrol and the Lassen County Sheriff’s Department on a high-speed chase on Highway 44, A-21 and Highway 36 late Monday, March 30.

Timothy Clifford Pudwill, 57, is charged with suspicion of driving under the influence, reckless evasion, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license, according to a press release from the California Highway Patrol.

About 10:10 p.m. March 30, a motorist reported a vehicle on Highway 44 driving at erratic speeds, refusing to let others pass and brake checking. A Susanville CHP officer responded and located a silver 2005 Ford Taurus driving erratically, brake checking, fluctuating speeds and weaving across the roadway. The officer attempted an enforcement stop, but Pudwill continued westbound on Highway 44 driving in a reckless manner with speeds varying from 40 to 90 miles per hour.

Pudwill turned around near the Bogard Rest Stop and then turned onto A-21 heading toward Westwood. Additional officers from the CHP and the Lassen County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit, and a spike strip was deployed near the Westwood WYE. Despite having three tires disabled, the vehicle continued on Highway 36 toward Susanville. After the tires disintegrated, the vehicle continued driving on its rims until it was spun-out on the shoulder by the CHP near the Westwood Cemetery.

Pudwill continued his efforts to flee by disobeying the officer’s commands, and he was tased. He finally complied and was taken into custody without further incident. After medical clearance at Banner Lassen Medical Center, Pudwill was booked into the Lassen County Jail.