Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On May 17, 2019, at about 3:30 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol in the Loleta area observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on Table Bluff Road, unable to maintain its lane.


The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle near the intersection of Table Bluff Road and Copenhagen Road. The vehicle failed to yield and continued on to Copenhagen Road. During the nearly 9-minute pursuit, the vehicle stopped several times but continued to evade deputies after each stop.

Deputies pursued the vehicle onto Singley Bar Road, where the vehicle came to a final stop. Upon coming to a stop, the driver of the vehicle, 34-year-old Venancio Hernandez Hernandez, attempted to exit the vehicle. Hernandez Hernandez was quickly arrested without further incident. Three passengers of the vehicle were also briefly detained and released at the scene.

Hernandez Hernandez was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of evading a peace officer and driving on a suspended license.