Pursuit leads to child endangerment charges


CITY OF SHASTA LAKE, Calif. - A Redding man is being charged with child endangerment and other crimes after fleeing on a motorcycle from Sheriff's deputies Saturday night.

It started just after 8:30 p.m. when deputies witnessed a motorcyclist, later identified as 35-year-old David Ray Snell, fail to stop at a stop sign at Red Bluff and Hardenbrook Avenues. An unidentified female was also seen on the motorcycle.

The Sheriff's office says Snell then accelerated through city streets, failing to stop at stop signs and endangering both adults and children in the area of the skate park on Front Street.

A Sheriff's deputy was able to catch up with Snell near Grand River Avenue, at which point he sped away and a pursuit began with Snell again failing to stop at stop signs.

Near Mussel Shoals Avenue and Koch Street, Snell slowed the motorcycle, allowing the female passenger to jump off.

He continued to the very north end of Mussel Shoals, where he ditched the motorcycle, fled into nearby brush and was lost by the pursuing deputy.

A perimeter was set up and a K-9 unit was called in to help in the search.

K-9 Larus quickly located Snell hiding in some bushes not far from where he ditched the motorcycle. Snell allegedly denied commands to give himself up and K-9 Larus was deployed, at which point Snell was finally taken into custody.

After Snell was cleared at Shasta Regional Medical Center, he was booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges of felony evading, reckless driving, child endangerment, driving on a suspended license and other charges

The unidentified female suffered some scrapes but refused medical treatment, was interviewed and released.

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