TEHAMA COUNTY — Just before 12:30 PM on February 12th, a Sheriff’s Deputy attempted a stop after witnessing a traffic violation by a black and maroon Honda Accord.
When the driver refused to pull over, a chase ensued.
The driver headed south on Rawson Road, eventually passing onto Dusty Way and then to Paskenta, reaching speeds of nearly 90 mph.
The vehicle pursuit came to an end when the driver ended up stuck in the mud near Red Bank Creek. The occupants tried to escape on foot, to which K-9 officer Booker was rather opposed. Both suspects were taken into custody with Booker’s assistance.
Deputies later combed the area where the pursuit began and discovered a loaded assault rifle which had been thrown from the car.
The suspects — identified as Malachi Pugh (36) and Deandre Rashad Braziel (23) — were booked into Tehama County Jail on charges of felony vehicle pursuit, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, possession of a high-capacity magazine, and possession of an assault weapon.
Based on the official Tehama County Sheriff’s Office press release.