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Felon in high-speed chase was courthouse frequent flyer

Published On: Dec 17 2013 09:04:01 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 17 2013 09:07:30 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

Convicted felon Rusty Toso, was caught and cuffed following a high-speed pursuit through Shasta County Monday afternoon.

Deputies said he led officers on a high-speed chase through the City of Shasta Lake, Redding and Bella Vista.

The chase started just before 4 p.m. Monday, when Toso failed to yield for a traffic stop.

Deputies deployed tack strips during the pursuit striking three tires on the silver Ford Mustang.

Deputies said Toso had a loaded firearm in the car, along with methamphetamine and marijuana.

Toso is no stranger to local law enforcement and is considered a frequent flyer at the Shasta County courthouse.

The 35-year-old’s rap sheet dates back to when he was just a teen with his first felony record for theft and unlawful taking of a vehicle.

Before Monday’s pursuit and arrest, Toso had already racked up four criminal felony charges, including second degree commercial burglary and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Toso is expected in a Shasta County courtroom on five separate cases in January, but he does have a history of failing to appear.

Toso is being held in a Shasta County jail cell. His bail has been set at $25,000.