Suspect leads deputies on 40-mile pursuit

FOREST RANCH, Calif. - A suspect led officers on a 40-mile pursuit early Tuesday before crashing the vehicle and running away.

The incident started at 1:07 a.m. on the Skyway in Magalia.  A Butte County sheriff's deputy observed a Saturn hatchback with an expired registration.

The deputy tried to pull over the vehicle near Hollywood Road.  The vehicle fled northbound on the Skyway.

The driver continued up the Skyway, driving erratically and gesturing, through Stirling City, across the ridge and continuing on to Butte Meadows.  He then headed west to Highway 32 where the California Highway Patrol joined the pursuit.  The suspect headed back toward Chico.  

In Upper Forest Ranch, a deputy deployed a spike strip on Highway 32 at Platte Mountain Road, deflating the suspect vehicle's right side tires.  The suspect turned onto Platte Mountain Road, lost control of the vehicle and wrecked above the Cal-Fire Station.

The driver ran from the crashed car and disappeared into the woods.  The area was searched by Officers and a K9.  Deputies said there was one passenger in the vehicle, 24-year-old Brandi Ann Moody of Paradise.  Officers also found a firearm in the vehicle.

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