Man allegedly leads deputies on high-speed pursuit in stolen Cal Fire utility vehicle
A Nevada man was recently arrested after allegedly leading Siskiyou County deputies on a high-speed pursuit in a stolen Cal Fire vehicle.
On the afternoon of Friday, August 26, deputies responded to a report that Cal Fire law enforcement personnel were following one of the agency’s utility vehicles that had been stolen along Highway 89 in the McCloud area.
Responding deputies caught up with the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop but the driver — later identified as 35-year-old Jeremy Austin Estep of Fernley, Nevada — reportedly refused to yield, leading deputies on an at-times 100+ MPH pursuit and occasionally crossing the center line, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Estep then reportedly made his way onto I-5 South and exited at the city of Yreka, where he abandoned the vehicle at North View Drive and continued fleeing on foot, according to authorities.
He was soon thereafter apprehended, and booked at the Siskiyou County Jail on suspicion of felony evading, felony auto theft, and misdemeanor resisting arrest.