Photo: Yuba Police Department – Courtesy of Yuba PD
Story Originally Published By: Yuba Police Department Facebook Page
“On Friday December 30, 2022 around 7:45 P.M. a silver Ford F-150 drove over the front lawn at the Yuba City Police Department onto Poole Blvd at a high rate of speed. Yuba City Police officers were not immediately able to stop the vehicle, but located the truck in a parking lot in the 1200 block of Stabler Lane approximately ten minutes later. When the driver of the truck, later identified as 46-year-old David Mattu of Yuba City, saw the officer he immediately reversed his truck toward the officer’s marked patrol vehicle. The officer was able to avoid a collision and Mr. Mattu drove over two planter boxes onto eastbound Butte House Road. A pursuit was initiated by the Yuba City Police Department and Mr. Mattu refused to stop. He continued driving on Butte House Road but made a U-turn and began traveling westbound on Butte House Road. Mr. Mattu stopped abruptly on Butte House Road, but refused to exit his vehicle. For the safety of the public, stop sticks were placed near the tires of Mr. Mattu’s truck. Mr. Mattu eventually drove over the stop sticks and rammed his truck into an occupied Yuba City Police vehicle while trying to escape. Mr. Mattu later crashed into a large brick sign and his vehicle was disabled.
Mr. Mattu again refused to exit the vehicle. Officers negotiated with Mr. Mattu for approximately one hour. Mr. Mattu was taken into custody by Yuba City Police at which point it was discovered he was suffering from a non-life-threatening self-inflicted injury. Mr. Mattu was transported by Bi-County medical personnel to Adventist Rideout Hospital for treatment of his injury. Mr. Mattu was later booked into the Sutter County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, felony vehicle pursuit, vandalism, and delaying/obstructing an officer. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail.
The officer was examined by medical personnel as a precaution and was later released to full duty.”