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Caught on tape: High speed chase ends with felon re-arrested

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Dec 17 2013 09:02:23 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 17 2013 01:44:47 PM CST
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REDDING, Calif. -

A police chase in Shasta County left a convicted felon driver facing a series of new charges.  Deputies said he led officers  on a high-speed chase through the City of Shasta Lake, Redding and Bella Vista.
   
Deputies said it started just before 4 p.m. Monday when the suspect, 35-year-old Rusty Toso, failed to yield for a traffic stop in the City of Shasta Lake.

According to a news release from the Shasta County Sheriff's office, the Ford Mustang was traveling southbound on Lake Blvd. at a high rate of speed and committed several other traffic violations. Due to the time of day and traffic conditions, the pursuit was terminated as it entered the city of Redding.

Deputies attempted to maintain visual contact with the vehicle as it took several side streets.  With the assistance from the California Highway Patrol helicopter, deputies located the vehicle northbound on Old Oregon Trail. Deputies again initiated a pursuit with the vehicle as it traveled back into the county jurisdiction.

Deputies deployed tack strips during the pursuit striking three tires.  Deputies and officers from the California Highway Patrol continued pursuing the vehicle as it fled on Old Oregon Trail, to Bear Mountain Road, to Dry Creek Road.  

With three tires on the vehicle flattened, Toso finally stopped on Dry Creek Road near Highway 299E in Bella Vista.

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