Stolen car suspect tells officers to 'shoot him'

REDDING, Calif. - A Redding man was arrested early Thursday after a high speed chase down Interstate 5 from Redding to Tehama County.   Darrin Weston, 49,  was arrested at the end of the chase in Cottonwood after police used a spike strip to flatten the car's tire.  Police said Weston had told officers to 'shoot him' prior to his arrest.

Redding Police said it started when Officer Jason Rhoads spotted a stolen car around 2:30 a.m..  The Mitsubishi Mirage had been reported stolen several hours earlier.  The license plates on the car were registered to a trailer.

According to a news release from Redding Police, Officer Rhoads pulled the car over on Interstate 5 near Knighton Road.  The vehicle briefly stopped to let three people out of the car, then drove off.     

Police said Weston headed south on Interstate 5 through Anderson, reaching speeds up to 100 miles per hour.
Anderson Police used a spike strip to flatten the car's right front tire.  The vehicle, slowed but continued at speeds of 70-80 miles per hour the 17600 block of Bowman Road south of Cottonwood.     

Police said the suspect pretended to have a gun and told officers to shoot him.  Instead, they used K-9 Carr to make the arrest. 

Weston was cleared at the hospital and booked into the Shasta County Jail for vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, felony evasion and resisting arrest.

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