A Eureka man wanted for attempted murder and armed robbery was apprehended by Brookings authorities Tuesday morning.
Zachary Scott, 33, was arrested around 6:40 a.m. following a brief pursuit north of Brookings, Brookings Police Lt. Donny Dotson said.
Curry County authorities were alerted by Del Norte authorities about a vehicle Scott was driving north on U.S. Highway 101, Dotson said. Scott had eluded authorities in California several times since an Aug. 17 incident.
On Tuesday, a Brookings police officer spotted the vehicle, a California-plated white Mazda 4-door sedan, heading north on the highway through Brookings and attempted to stop the car near East Harris Heights Road. Scott initially pulled over but then sped off, Dotson said.
A high-speed pursuit began, which two other officers joined, until Scott’s vehicle’s engine failed about 8 miles down the highway near Whaleshead Beach, Dotson said.
Scott surrendered without further incident and was taken into custody.
“The officers approached the suspect with extreme caution, knowing they were dealing with someone wanted for attempted murder of a police officer,” Dotson said. “I’m very thankful that it went as smoothly as it did. It could have been much worse.”
Scott was being sought for attempted murder and armed robbery after allegedly robbing a Crescent City Subway restaurant Aug. 17 and taking one of the employee’s cars down to Klamath, where he was spotted at the Salmon Festival and allegedly attempted to run over Yurok Tribal Police officers when confronted, authorities said.
Scott allegedly struck one of the officers as he was jumping out of the path of the moving vehicle, Yurok officials stated.
Scott then crashed into the Klamath Bridge and carjacked another vehicle before dumping it in the Orick area, authorities said. There was evidence that he was struck in the leg by bullets, authorities said.
Scott was again in contact with authorities Aug. 20 when he was spotted near a stolen motorcycle around 11:30 p.m. near 14th and A streets in Eureka.
He was able to escape down a back alley, authorities said.
Authorities were not sure why Scott headed north into Oregon.
When he was arrested, police found that Scott had sustained two bullet wounds that did not require immediate medical attention. Back at Brookings Police headquarters, Scott waived extradition and was transported to the Del Norte County Jail.
Dotson said Scott would likely face Oregon charges of felony attempt to elude, reckless driving, possession of methamphetamine and recklessly endangering another person.