Woman in 'Mystery Machine' mini van leads police on pursuit


REDDING, Calif. - A Shasta County woman led law enforcement officers on a pursuit in a mini van painted to look like the 'Mystery Machine' from the Scooby Doo cartoon.

On Sunday at 12:50 p.m., a probation officer with Shasta County Probation contacted Redding Police Department regarding Sharon Kay Turman, 51, wanted for a probation violation.

According to police, Turman was found operating the 1994 Chrysler minivan painted teal and green in the area of California Street and Shasta Street.

When officers tried to conduct a traffic stop, Turman took off in the van, said police. A pursuit began as Turman sped through South Market Street, said police.

The chase came to a stop near Buenaventura and Highway 273, but Turman continued to speed southbound on Highway 273, said police.

According to police, Turman drove through an intersection against a red light hitting four other vehicles.

The California Highway Patrol helicopter later located the van at Hill Drive just north of Anderson. Officers said Turman then continued the chase through the city of Anderson and onto Interstate 5 at speeds over 100 mph.

Turman continued onto Highway 36 westbound, where she was spotted by the CHP helicopter abandoning her vehicle, said officers.

Turman's current whereabouts are unknown. She is wanted by the Redding Police Department as well as Shasta County Probation. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sharon Kay Turnman is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530)225-4200 or Secret Witness of Shasta County at (530)243-2319.

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