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.