An Oregon man faces criminal charges after investigators said he led them on a two-state high speed pursuit that began near Port Orford.
According to Oregon State Police, the incident began at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, along Highway 101 near Humbug State Park as law enforcement encountered a female who appeared to be in distress. An involved male operating a motorhome left the scene traveling southbound. The female was offered resources and assistance.
The motorhome was later located south of the area on Highway 101 near Brookings and officers attempted to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation. The large RV did not yield to officers and was pursued as it fled further south along Highway 101 and into California.
California Highway Patrol and Del Norte Sheriff deputies initiated pursuit, but due to the reckless nature of the suspect’s driving, officers back off, with CHP dropping away completely, according to
Sgt. Edward Wilson, acting Chief of Police for Crescent City. Wilson said a spike strip was deployed in the city limits, which slowed the vehicle down somewhat. A Crescent City police officer tried but was unable to force the RV over and initiated pursuit. Another officer rushed ahead as a warning to other vehicles a dangerous pursuit was coming.
“One driver was unable to pull away and the suspect ended up ramming a Tesla from behind,” Wilson said. “The victim was not injured and the car suffered mild to moderate damage.”
The suspect, later described as Danniel John Anderson, 37, of Woodburn, then drove down 9th Street to Pebble Beach and down 5th Street to a dead end, where he attempted to make a U-turn in the 500 block of M Street, but instead got stuck in the sand, Wilson said.
Cmdr. Bill Steven of the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office said although sheriff’s deputies were involved in the pursuit, Crescent City police officers were given the lead in the arrest.
Anderson was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs; evading police/causing injury; assault with a deadly weapon; hit and run; and use/under influence of controlled substance.
Anderson was booked Sept. 5 into the Crescent City Jail and held on $75,000 bail.
“It was a pretty unusual pursuit,” Wilson said. “Most people don’t try to flee in motor homes. He was driving pretty recklessly, that’s why we backed off the initial pursuit. But once he hit the spike strips, it was mostly a slower pursuit through the city.”
Investigators identified the female victim first encountered on Highway 101 in Oregon as Jessica Lynn Cannon, 34. Her address was not listed in the OSP report, but it did say she was the owner of the RV.
Staff writer David Hayes contributed to this report.