Photo: Cesar Macedo
The night of December 31, 2020, a Corning police officer was in the area of McKinley and Toomes Avenue when a 1999 Honda Civic displaying expired tags was observed circling the block before running a red light. When the officer initiated a traffic stop, the driver of the Honda accelerated, leading officers in what would turn out to be a 44-mile chase that would reach speeds of up to 100 mph.
The chase traveled north out of Corning, though Gerber and Los Molinos, south on Highway 99E, until reaching Highway 32 near Hamilton City. During the pursuit, what appeared to be a handgun was thrown from the vehicle. The item was recovered and confirmed to be an air pistol resembling a firearm.
The chase ended when the Honda’s mechanical problems took over and crashed into a tree. This did not stop the driver from continuing his evasion. Cesar Macedo tried getting away on foot but CPD K9 Officer Blaze quickly took him down.
Macedo was treated at the scene and at St. Elizabeth Hospital for injuries sustain when Officer Blaze apprehended him. After receiving treatment, Macedo, who was on CDC parole with an active no bail felony parole warrant, was booked at the Tehama County Jail for violating his parole, felony evading, resisting/delaying, and paraphernalia.
Photos from the Corning Police Department