- Posted January 26, 2013 by
Alleged Burglary Leads to Crash and Burn- Literally
According to a press release from the BCSO, moments later Deputy Grant Landis saw a vehicle that matched the description of the truck that had been taken. The truck was spotted traveling west on Olive Highway at a high rate of speed, approaching Foothill Boulevard.
Deputy Landis set out in pursuit of the truck, which at times traveled at up to 70 miles per hour. The driver of the truck allegedly continued in flight, entering the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Oro Quincy Highway, where he apparently lost control of the vehicle. The truck sheared off the bottom half of a telephone pole, crashed into a smaller Ford truck, causing it to spin around, broke off a fire hydrant, and finally smacked into a large boulder before coming to a stop.
The fleeing driver allegedly jumped out of the truck, ran between two homes in the area, and headed up the hill behind the residences. Sergeants Jason Hail and G. Reeves reported that Deputy Landis gave pursuit on foot and took the driver into custody as he was trying to make entry into a home on Canyon Highlands Drive. The driver had been the only occupant of the truck and was identified as Christopher South, 24, who was evidently on parole for burglary.
The top portion of the damaged telephone pole, hanging in midair, created a strain on the power lines causing a fire in a nearby house. Residents in the area heard buzzing coming from the power box attached to the vacant house. One of the men who lives in the neighborhood ran up to the box and grabbing it intending to rip it off of the building. Another neighbor yelled at him to let the box go because it was “live,” stressing the danger of what the man was doing.
A search of the truck ensued, revealing a can of pepper spray and the property taken from the Forbestown man. South was placed under arrest for possession of stolen property, vehicle theft, and home invasion. He was taken to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit for further interview. The case is still under investigation and further charges may be pending.
A neighbor, whose truck was damaged in the collision, stated that power had been restored by 3:00 a.m. Friday morning.
Officers later located an outstanding vehicle associated with the robbery and arrested two more men in relation to the crime. Marcus Dimitri Jones, 35, and Derek Elden Pierce, 31, were booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of burglary, vehicle theft, robbery, possession of stolen property, and false imprisonment. The bail was set at $195,000 for each.
The BCSO reported that the motive for the robbery appears to be for firearms owned by the victim. It was initially reported that the suspects had stolem firearms among other items. Based on current information, it is felt that most of the property taken has been recovered.
There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident. If you have any information regarding this crime, please call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at (530)538-7321.
To see videos of the crime scene, follow the link: http://www.clipmoon.com/videos/4362751/tense-moments-of-frustration.html