☛TS Sheriff's Deputy crashes during vehicle pursuit
The stolen vehicle is a black 2005 Nissan Altima with a California plate of 5GWG391. It was being driven by an unknown white female adult and was last seen traveling eastbound on Myrtle Avenue from Hall Avenue.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision at Harris and K streets, knows the identity of the driver of the stolen vehicle, or knows the location of the stolen vehicle is asked to contact Officer Tim Jones at the Eureka Police
I am curious though - According to an EPD news release, the owner of the stolen car had followed it to Winco where the driver parked it near the entrance. The passenger exited the vehicle and entered the store. When officers arrived moments later, the female driver of the stolen car fled the scene heading eastbound on Harris Street. why didn't the owner just park his/her car behind their stolen vehicle, or surround it with shopping carts, preventing the crook from being able to move it again. No need for a confrontation, they could just pretend to be stalled or walk away til the cops came. Problem solved.
UPDATE: ☛TS Car thief remains at large
The stolen car, described as a dark blue 2005 Nissan Altima with after-market rims and a bumper sticker reading “End this endless war,” belongs to McKinleyville resident Robert West.
West said at 7:35 a.m. Sunday he had left his car to warm up in his driveway. He was walking outside when he saw its taillights disappear around the corner.
The car was reported nearly two hours later by a man who spotted it parked in the Harris Street Winco parking lot. The vehicle was occupied by two women, one of whom had entered the Winco.
EPD spokesman Lt. Murl Harpham said the second woman, who was identified in the Winco, has been questioned by officers, and the driver of the vehicle has been identified, but no arrests have yet been made.
As police approached the parked car, the driver fled the parking lot, alone in the vehicle.
As the driver made her way eastbound on Harris Street, a Eureka Police officer reported she approached speeds of 80 mph before he discontinued the chase due to safety concerns.
Ahhhh - that explains it! Two passengers, one went into the store, the OTHER one drove away.
Looks like crime is up in McKinleyville lately.