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Update: Officer Suffers Concussion During Suspect Chase

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Apr 25 2013 02:14:14 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 25 2013 01:41:06 PM CDT
Anderson suspect search photo
ANDERSON, Calif. -

An Anderson Police officer was taken to the hospital with a concussion suffered during an early morning chase Thursday.

Officers were trying to stop a van believed to be involved in an earlier burglary.

Anderson Police officers attempted to stop a white Ford van that was suspected of being involved in an ongoing felony theft investigation. The enforcement stop was attempted shortly before 6:00 a.m.. on North Street near Sharon Avenue in Anderson.

The driver of the van failed to yield to a marked, Anderson Police vehicle and led police on a pursuit through the city limits of Anderson and west on Olinda Road into the Happy Valley area.

Police said the driver attempted several times to evade police by driving both on and off road, through fences and gates and in a reckless manner.

The pursuit which lasted approximately 18 minutes, reached speeds of 70+ MPH ended after Anderson Police officers deployed a spike strip vehicle disabling device. The front driver wheel of the van was disabled and the van finally came to rest behind a residence on Benji Lane.

The male suspect fled on foot into the surrounding wooded area which was dense and heavily vegetated.

Anderson Police Officer Nathan Ramirez was injured during the pursuit and sustained a concussion. The officer was transported to the hospital for treatment and evaluation.  Police said he hit his head on the ceiling of his car when the chase went off-road.

The Anderson Police were assisted by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol and CHP Air Operations Unit as well as the Redding Police Department K-9 Unit during a search for the suspect. The driver was not located. The identity of the driver is currently being confirmed and an arrest warrant will be issued pursuant to identification.

Officers recovered stolen property from the vehicle associated with a  theft investigation, as well as a small quantity of marijuana.

Happy Valley Elementary School remains on partial lockdown.  Students who arrived at school before the lockdown will be kept indoors.  Other students should remain at home.  Parents have the option of picking up their children.