Lassen, Plumas County deputies chase Oroville man into Tehama County
An Oroville man has been arrested on suspicion of felony evading after an erratic chase involving two different Sheriff’s Departments.
Just after 6:30 PM on Friday, September 11, Lassen County Sheriff’s deputies requested backup from the Plumas County Sheriff’s Department in apprehending a reckless driver that they were chasing westbound on Highway 36, toward Plumas County.
A Plumas County Deputy soon spotted the driver heading toward the county line and gave chase.
The chase lasted around 20 miles and occasionally reached speeds up to 90 MPH, ultimately coming to an end in Tehama County after the driver hit a spike strip that had been laid down by local CHP.
Deputies then spent about 15 minutes trying unsuccessfully to convince the driver — later identified as 49-year-old Donald Cota — to come out of the vehicle, deputies shot out the window with non-lethal bean bags. At that point, Cota surrendered.
He has since been booked at the Plumas County Correctional Facility on suspicion of felony evading, obstruction, and possession of drug paraphernalia.