High-Speed Pursuit Ends in Arrest of Vehicle Theft Suspect with Methamphetamine
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Corning, CA – In the early hours of October 9, 2023, Corning Police Officers conducting routine patrol near the intersection of McKinley Avenue and Lincoln Avenue spotted a vehicle with expired registration. What began as a routine traffic stop quickly escalated into a high-speed pursuit that spanned approximately 35 miles, eventually leading to the arrest of the suspect.
When officers attempted to pull over the vehicle for the registration violation, the driver decided to flee, reaching speeds exceeding 80 miles per hour. The pursuit weaved through city streets and county roads, creating a tense situation for law enforcement.
As the pursuit unfolded, Corning Dispatch relayed critical information to the pursuing officers: the vehicle had been reported stolen. This revelation heightened the seriousness of the situation, and officers continued their efforts to apprehend the suspect.
The pursuit eventually extended into Glenn County, where allied law enforcement agencies coordinated their efforts to bring it to a conclusion. The use of a spike strip successfully disabled the stolen vehicle, forcing it to come to a halt. With the vehicle immobilized, officers were able to take the suspect into custody without further incident.
Inside the passenger compartment of the stolen vehicle, officers discovered two baggies containing methamphetamine, adding drug-related charges to the suspect’s list of offenses.
The suspect was identified as Cesar Oswaldo Macedo, a 32-year-old resident of Corning. During questioning, Cesar admitted to fleeing from the officers out of fear. Following his arrest, he was transported to the Tehama County Jail, where he was booked on various charges, including vehicle theft and drug possession. The Tehama County District Attorney’s Office will handle the formal filing of charges against Macedo.