Shasta Deputies said they recovered a freshly painted truck that was stolen by a former prison inmate.
Sergeant Brian Jackson tells KRCR News Channel 7 that Deputy Gerry Maul was investigating a 1998 black GMC truck traveling in the area of Loftus Road in Redding just before 1:00 a.m. Sunday.
During a routine registration check on the license plate Deputy Maul learned the vehicle was reported stolen by the Redding Police Department as a white, 1998 GMC truck.
Deputies later learned the truck was painted black in an attempt to avoid detection.
Sergeant Jackson said Deputy Maul initiated a traffic stop by turning on his emergency lights but the driver took off, turning west down Dersch Road.
Jackson said the truck continued to travel at a low speed of 50 miles per hour and would not yield.
According to Jackson, Maul radioed other units in the area and a tack strip was set up in the area of Airport Road and Dersch Road about two miles west of the Loftus and Dersch intersection.
The tack strip was successful and deflated all four of the truck's tires, forcing it to come to a stop.
The driver of the truck, 22 year-old Nocona Redwolf Wilson, was arrested as well as his passenger, Robert Pasillas.
Wilson reportedly told deputies he saw the emergency lights but was scared to pull over.
Jackson said Wilson denied knowing the GMC truck was stolen and stated he got the vehicle from someone near Win River Casino.
However during the investigation, Wilson was found to have dried black paint on his hands and the smell of fresh paint came from the truck.
Jackson also said the original white paint could also be seen on some parts of the truck.
Wilson was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle as well as probation violation.
Jackson said he was on AB 109 Release stemming from a 2010 conviction for vehicle theft.
Pasillas was released on scene.