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K-9 Blitz tracks down suspect near Burney

Allan Michael Darling, 28. (Shasta County Sheriff's Office)

The California Highway Patrol, Shasta County Sheriff's Office and K-9 Blitz tracked down a man who tried to run from a traffic stop on Highway 299 east, Saturday afternoon.

According to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, shortly after noon, a CHP officer pulled over a vehicle on Highway 299E, just west of Highway 89, near Burney. During the stop, a man left the vehicle and ran into a nearby wooded area.

The woman driving the pulled-over vehicle stayed and told CHP officers a fake name for the man, who was later identified as Allan Michael Darling, 28, of Redding. The fake name and age given to law enforcement revealed a man with multiple outstanding felony warrants. At this point, the Sheriff's Office and K-9 Blitz were called to help search for Darling.

Deputy Estes and K-9 Blitz were able to track the suspect from a gray sweatshirt the suspect left behind. Blitz tracked the man less than a mile and ended at a large lava rock wall. After several announcements were made with no response, Blitz was deployed with the command to search the area.

Several minutes later, Blitz was able to locate and apprehend Darling inside a tight crevice between two large boulders.

Darling was found to be on Post Release Community Supervision. Darling’s prior contacts/arrests consisted of felony vehicle evading, burglary, stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, possession of controlled substances, resisting arrest and robbery.

Darling was transported to Mercy Medical Center for injuries sustained during the K-9 apprehension.

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