A Yreka man was arrested with the assistance of Sheriff’s K-9 Caro last week after leading deputies on a high speed chase on Highway 96.

Shawn Timothy O’Leary, 26, is currently lodged in the Siskiyou County Jail on several criminal charges including felony evading a peace officer, driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, transportation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in jail, possession of a controlled substance for sale, felon in possession of ammunition and possession of a switchblade knife. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail, said Jayme Lynch, spokesperson for the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department.

The chase began when deputies spotted O’Leary, a wanted felon, in a car traveling on State Route 263 north of Yreka, Lynch said.

Deputies observed up to three occupants in the vehicle and attempted to stop the car when the driver, later confirmed to be Vincent Bowers, 44 of Yreka, turned onto westbound SR 96.

“The driver hesitated and would not initially yield and failed to stop,” Lynch said.

When the car did slow, Bowers and a third occupant of the vehicle, Kari Landrum, 37 of Happy Camp, exited the car, said Lynch. O’Leary then drove the car away at a “high rate of speed.”

O’Leary continued westbound on Highway 96 “at unsafe and reckless speeds, violating a number of traffic laws,” said Lynch. After traveling for several miles, the vehicle collided with a guard rail on between mile post markers 85 and 86 as O’Leary attempted to negotiate a sharp curve at an unsafe speed.

O’Leary then fled on foot into a nearby wooded area near the Klamath River, Lynch reported. Deputies, members of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department Special Response Team, detectives, and Caro tracked Mr. O’Leary to the wooded area, where he was located hiding in a tree, Lynch said.

O’Leary was then taken into custody without incident. Additional assistance was provided by the California Highway Patrol.

“A search of the vehicle revealed approximately two ounces of methamphetamine and a large bag of marijuana,” Lynch said. Deputies also retrieved ammunition and a firearm that were thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit.

After his arrival at the Siskiyou County Jail, staff located additional methamphetamine on O’Leary’s person, said Lynch.

Bowers and Landrum were also arrested and booked into the Siskiyou County Jail, Lynch said.

Bowers was charged with being an accessory to a crime and obstruction of a public officer. He posted $25,000 bail and was released. Landrum was booked on charges of possession of concentrated cannabis and possession of more than 28.5 grams of marijuana. She appeared in court on Friday, October 19, and was released on her own recognizance.