The Yreka office of the California Highway Patrol reported that a 20 year old Washington state man was taken to the hospital Friday afternoon after a collision on Interstate 5 near Mount Shasta ended a high speed pursuit that began near Yreka.
The following information about the incident was reported Friday evening in a CHP press release:
On Friday, January 26th, 2018 at 2:55 p.m., a Yreka Area California Highway Patrol Officer attempted to make a traffic enforcement stop on a high speed vehicle on I-5 southbound south of Easy Street. The suspect vehicle, a 2015 gray Honda Fit, failed to slow and yield to the officer’s red lights and siren. A pursuit was initiated and speeds reached 120 MPH.
The pursuit reached I-5 southbound at Abrams Lake overpass, where Yreka CHP and Mt. Shasta CHP officers deployed a hollow spike strip in an attempt to end the pursuit.
At 3:09 p.m., the Honda overturned into the center divider of I-5, north of North Mount Shasta Boulevard.
The driver, a 20 year old male from Washington State, was taken to Mercy Medical Center, Mt. Shasta for injuries sustained in the collision. It is under investigation at this time why the driver failed to yield.
The CHP Northern Division’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) will be conducting an investigation into this collision.
Yreka CHP would like to remind drivers, “Red Light, Pull Right!”