Man arrested for fifth time in possession of stolen cars

Roy Early Prior

REDDING, Calif. - Redding police arrested a man who they said has been arrested five times, since July of this year, in possession of a stolen car.

According to police reports, Officer Hebert was patrolling in the area of Twin View Blvd, near Poppy Hills Road, when he saw a Honda vehicle suspiciously speed away from him. Hebert attempted to follow the car, but the driver traveled off road into a large greenbelt area before the driver and a passenger jumped out of the car and ran.

Officers said that the car was confirmed as a stolen Honda Accord, which had a stolen 70cc mini dirt bike in the trunk.

With the assistance of two K-9s, Roy Earl Prior, 49, of Redding, was found hiding nearby.

Prior was identified as the driver of the stolen car. A second, unoccupied stolen vehicle was also found in the same greenbelt area. Prior was arrested and transported to the Shasta County Jail for booking. The woman passenger was not located.

According to officials, Prior was found to be on the Supervised Own Recognizance Program though Shasta County Probation. Prior had a GPS monitor attached to his leg that he had failed to charge in order to avoid law enforcement.

This marks Prior's fifth arrest for possession of a stolen car since July of 2017. The previous cases are still pending prosecution.