Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 @ 11:11 a.m. / News
Suspect Evades CHP by Bailing Out of Stolen Pickup, Jumping Off Samoa Bridge into Humboldt Bay; Coast Guard Search Called Off
California Highway Patrol press release:
On November 21, 2017, just after midnight, the Arcata Police Department initiated a pursuit of a stolen vehicle. Arcata Police Department requested CHP take over and at 12:28 a.m. Humboldt Area CHP officers took over the pursuit of a stolen Toyota pickup on SR-255 through the community of Manila.
The pursuit continued south on New Navy Base Road, where a spike strip was successfully deployed, and then back onto SR-255 toward Eureka. The Toyota pickup voluntarily stopped on a bridge over Humboldt Bay. The driver then exited the vehicle and jumped over the bridge railing into the bay. CHP Officers coordinated search efforts with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department patrol boat, and US Coast Guard rescue boat and helicopter. After several hours the search was called off. The suspect remains unidentified and is still outstanding. USCG estimated the duration of survivability in the waters of Humboldt Bay to be approximately 9 hours. USCG resumed a 90-minute search at 6:30 a.m. but did not locate the suspect.
The suspect vehicle in this incident is a white 1991 Toyota pickup which had been reported stolen out of Trinity County. The driver is described as a bald, white male adult, approximately 5’8” tall and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing dark colored clothing.
Anyone having information regarding the driver is encouraged to contact the Humboldt Area CHP office at 707-822-5981.