Shasta County deputies pursue man after near frontal collision

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) – A Redding man was arrested in Shasta County on Friday after Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies said he nearly had a head-on collision with the deputy and then had led the police in pursuit.

Sheriff’s deputies said at 5:10 a.m. James Michael Chapman, 36, was driving in the wrong lane on Happy Valley Road when he nearly collided with the deputy.

When Chapman didn’t relent, according to the deputy, a chase was launched “through much of Shasta County.”

During the chase, Chapman again tried to cause a head-on collision with a deputy, according to sheriff’s deputies. With traffic increasing in the area, deputies said they had ended the pursuit.

Chapman was later spotted at 6:15 a.m. by a CAL FIRE law enforcement officer driving “erratically” on Dry Creek Road.

Meanwhile, deputies say they were told by Anderson police that Chapman was armed with a gun and planned to go to his girlfriend’s residence to shoot her.

Deputies said they restarted the chase with the help of CAL FIRE law enforcement officers, but again had to end the chase due to public safety concerns.

In order to track Chapmans’ movement, deputies said CHP aerial operations were used and saw Chapman walking through fences at a residence along Falling Oaks Road.

When the vehicle was no longer functional, according to deputies, Chapman began evading law enforcement on foot when he was later apprehended by K9 “Fritz” with the sheriff’s office.

MPs say Chapman is undergoing medical treatment for an ‘unrelated medical issue’ and once released faces charges; reckless escape, assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and resisting or obstructing a peace officer.