Photo: Christopher Keehl
Originally published as a City of Chico press release –
“On 12/9/20, at about 1220 hours, a Chico Police Motor Officer was monitoring traffic on Forest Ave. when he identified a grey SUV traveling northbound at a high rate of speed.
The officer caught up to the SUV and initiated a traffic stop in a parking lot near the intersection of Forest Ave. and E. 20th St. The driver fled on foot through the neighboring parking lots, eventually jumping over fences into the yards of nearby residences.
Chico Police Officers quickly established a perimeter and eventually located the driver, who was identified as Christopher Keehl. Keehl showed multiple signs of being under the influence of alcohol and was placed under arrest.
Keehl was found to be on active court probation for DUI, on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS), and to have previously been convicted of six separate DUI offences. Keehl was ultimately transported to the Butte County Jail for the following charges:
23152(a) CVC – DUI (more than three prior convictions), a FELONY
23152(b) CVC – Driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) above .08% (more than three prior convictions, a FELONY
12022.1 PC – Committing a felony while on bail, a FELONY
14601.2(a) CVC – Driving on a suspended driver’s license for DUI, a MISDEMEANOR
23154(a) CVC – Driving with a BAC above .01% while on DUI probation, a MISDEMEANOR
148(a) PC – Resisting arrest, a MISDEMEANOR
1203.2(a) PC – Violation of his probation, a MISDEMEANOR
3455 PC – PRCS violation, a FELONY
Total Bail: $182,000
The Chico Police Department understands the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Due to this understanding and Keehl’s habitual disregard for the safety of other citizens on the road, the Chico Police Department requested that Butte County Superior Court further enhance Keehl’s bail.”