WILLITS — This situation is developing and we’ll continue to update as more info becomes available. The CHP will be releasing a statement soon.
What we can piece together from scanner chatter and some phone calls, and Facebook: the incident began at about 3:10pm, when a routine traffic stop in front of Pizza to Go on Commercial St. in Willits escalated into a car chase. Apparently a sheriffs deputy pulled over a faded black Hyundai, and before he could get to the other car, the vehicle took off.
According to scanner chatter the suspect’s vehicle reached speeds of over 90mph on the northbound 101. Somewhere north of Oil Well Hill on Hwy. 101, near Creekside Cabins, the suspect rolled his vehicle.
Several injuries were reported. It appears that no law enforcement officers were injured, and that all injuries were sustained by people in the fleeing car. Two or three people were medi-vaced by helicopter, and one by ground. These last details are not confirmed. At least one of the injured seems to be a 30 year old male with stable vitals.