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RPD: Alleged drug dealer attempts to run over officers, leads them on short pursuit

Photo courtesy of the Redding Police Department

According to the Redding Police Department, an alleged drug dealer was arrested Monday after attempting to run over several officers before leading them on a short pursuit and crashing into three vehicles.

Police said at approximately 1:00 p.m., investigators with Shasta Interagency Task Force attempted to contact Robert Lee Cronin-Mills, 27, from Shingletown, at a downtown motel.

Officials said Cronin-Mills is on felony probation for prior drug sales convictions in 2016 and 2017 and was suspected of continuing his sales of controlled substances and a probation search was attempted.

Officers said he saw them in the area and quickly left his car. While trying to get away from officers, Cronin-Mills attempted to run several officers over with his vehicle.

Officials said Cronin-Mills vehicle was seen in the area of Hilltop Drive and Browning Avenue and a vehicle stop was attempted.

Cronin-Mills failed to stop and drove through several parking lots at a slow speed. He then drove across a sidewalk and the pursuit was terminated for the public's safety.

Police said Cronin-Mills continued to drive in a reckless manner and crashed into three vehicles at the corner of Browning Avenue and Canby Road.

Officers remained in the area but were not pursuing or following Cronin-Mills.

Cronin-Mills ultimately attempted to drive into the parking lot of Walmart on Dana Drive but failed to stop for the red signal and collided with another vehicle. His car was disabled at the entrance to Walmart and Cronin-Mills ran away.

Officers were able to find Cronin-Mills with the help of several people in the parking lot.

He was found in possession of a safe and other contraband. The safe contained thousands of dollars and a large amount of heroin.

Cronin-Mills was booked into the Shasta County Jail for felony evading, assault of a peace officer, obstructing an officer, sales of controlled substances, and a probation violation.

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