Video courtesy Rebecca Harding

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 12/28/2022, at about 1:46 p.m, Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 1900 block of Pishka Court in McKinleyville for the report of a sighting of double homicide suspect Russell Albers.

Albers | Booking photo

Russell Albers was seen leaving the area is a grey Toyota Tundra by a deputy sheriff and a pursuit ensued. Deputies pursued the vehicle south bound on Highway 101 to Arcata before heading north on Highway 101 at speeds excess of 100 mph. The pursuit went north bound on Highway 101 through Trinidad and proceeded north on Scenic Drive. The suspect then proceeded north bound on Highway 101 from Sue-meg State Park. The suspect was driving in excess of 100 mph north bound in the south bound lanes of Highway 101. California Highway Patrol (CHP) assisted with the pursuit. CHP performed the PIT maneuver (Pursuit Intervention Technique) which forced the vehicle off the road; however, it continued in the shoulder of Highway 101. A deputy then rammed and immobilized the suspect vehicle. Russell Albers was taken into custody without further incident.

Albers was subsequently transported and booked into the Humboldt County Jail for two counts of homicide (PC 187), two counts of attempted murder (PC 664/187) and child endangerment (PC 273a).

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following agencies for their coordination and assistance with this pursuit: California Highway Patrol, State Parks, Bureau of Land Management, Eureka Police Department and Cal Poly Humboldt University Police Department.

Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

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Here’s some footage, sent in by Outpost reader Arturo Muñoz, showing a bit of the high-speed chase shortly before it came to an end:

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