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Suspect on the run after evading Shasta County deputies, disappearing on boat ramp

Clifford Lee Bowers, 42

A suspect is on the run Sunday night after a wild vehicle pursuit ended on the Centimudi Boat Ramp.

Around 1:37 p.m., a deputy with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, City of Shasta Lake Patrol Division, attempted a traffic stop on a white, 1999, Mitsubishi Eclipse for a vehicle code violation. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 42-year-old Clifford Lee Bowers, refused to pull over. Bowers drove off at a high rate of speed westbound on Shasta Dam Boulevard from Median Avenue.

A pursuit of Bowers was initiated, but Bowers continued to evade authorities driving recklessly and violating numerous vehicle code violations.

Due to the Bowers' blatant disregard for public safety and the fact the vehicle pursuit path was approaching the Shasta Dam Visitors Center, the pursuit was stopped.

Bowers continued driving into the Shasta Dam Visitor’s Center area where a waiting deputy successfully deployed a tack strip; flattening all four tires of the vehicle.

Bowers continued driving to the Centimudi Boat Ramp where he got out and ran off on foot.

An extensive search of the area was conducted utilizing numerous Sheriff’s Office personnel and a California Highway Patrol helicopter.

However, Bowers was not found. Based on a driver’s license located in the vehicle and positive identification made by witness on scene, the driver was identified as 42-year-old Clifford Lee Bowers.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Bowers is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 245-6096.

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