UPDATE 12/21/16, 10:00pm:
Here is our continuing coverage of the chase.
MENDOCINO Co., 12/20/16 —
UPDATE 11:00: Here’s a video of the chase passing by The Old West Inn, courtesy of Roshan Patel: click the link here and skip to 2:10 to see the chase.
The suspect is being transported to Howard Hospital in Willits. Police are searching for the suspect’s firearm which he appears to have tossed when he bailed and began to flee on foot.
No law enforcement or bystanders have been reported injured.
Scanner traffic indicates that the suspect is in custody. The final moments of the chase seem to have happened in the creek south of Safeway.
Scanner traffic also indicates that though the suspect fire his gun out of his car window, no law enforcement shots were fired. Law enforcement believes that no vehicles were struck by the rounds.
Lt. Shannon Barney of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, explained that the chase began with a routine DUI traffic stop, in the city of Ukiah, and that the suspect took off from there. The California Highway Patrol then took over the chase, the chase wound up in Willits. Multiple agencies responded.
The suspect eventually seems to have bailed and run down into the creek in back of the Willits Safeway, where he was apprehended.
A high speed chase that began in Ukiah appears to be enter its final stage in Willits. A shot was fired, according to the scanner the suspect fired a handgun out the window of his car. As of 8:05pm this situation is active, be careful out there, stay away from the scene, and let law enforcement do their job.
From scanner traffic is seems that the subject might now be on foot, police are repeatedly asking for a clothing description. K9 units have been requested.
The Ukiah PD began the chase near Talmadge Rd. in Ukiah, and then pursue at extreme speeds of over 110 miles per hour. The California Highway Patrol took over, and it seems that Willits PD is also involved.
Apparently a request was put in for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s helicopter (CalFire does fly at night). It is unclear if that copter was the one heard earlier tonight.
More information to come.