Richard Pulido Arrested, Raman Patel Hospitalized Following Police Chase Collision on Highway 44 Near 5 Freeway
REDDING, CA (November 30, 2018)– A 54-year-old Redding man suffered moderate injuries following a crash with a high-speed vehicle on Highway 44 near the 5 Freeway Thursday night.
According to the Redding Police Department, Officer Chris Kofford tried stopping a silver 2013 Kia Optima around 9:24 p.m. near Marigold Street and Shasta View Drive. The 33-year-old driver from Red Bluff operating the Kia, identified as Richard Pulido, refused to obey law enforcement and a police chase began.
However, the chase was terminated shortly after on Highway 44 near Victor Avenue due to Pulido’s unsafe speed and weather conditions. As he continued westbound at excessive speeds, he lost control and plowed into another car near the 5 Freeway.
The driver of the other vehicle – 54-year-old Raman Patel of Redding – suffered minor to moderate injuries and was hospitalized. Pulido also suffered minor injuries and showed obvious signs of alcohol and marijuana use. When Redding Police Department officials arrived to conduct a field sobriety test, they ascertained that Pulido was driving under the influence of marijuana and alcohol.
He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment to his injuries and subsequently booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges of felony DUI causing injury and felony evading police.
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