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Published on March 03, 2024
Two Arrested After High-Speed Chase with Stolen Vehicle in Windsor Leads to Multiple CollisionsSource: Town of Windsor Police Department

Chaos erupted in the typically quiet town of Windsor, California, where a stolen Dodge Charger led police on a harrowing chase that ended in multiple collisions and two arrests. The Windsor Police Department reported that the pursuit began around 7:30 PM on Friday, near Old Redwood Highway and Conde Lane, after deputies spotted the stolen vehicle. Tavaughn Dedrick, 20, and Jacob West, 21, are the suspects taken into custody after the dangerous escapade, according to a Facebook post by the department.

The chase, though brief, was fraught with peril as the driver, Dedrick, barreled through a red light and ultimately crashed into three other cars at Lakewood Drive—an accident that caused non-life-threatening injuries to one driver and endangered two young children. As the suspects fled on foot wearing gloves and balaclavas, officers didn't hesitate to give chase, apprehending them swiftly in what could have been, a much more tragic turn of events. Dedrick faces multiple charges including possession of a stolen vehicle, evading causing injury, hit and run with injury, child endangerment, and resisting arrest. West has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest.

The Windsor Police take pursuits seriously, recognizing the inherent dangers they pose to the public. "When a suspect starts a pursuit and shows blatant disregard for the public’s safety, it is our responsibility to apprehend them as safely as possible," the department stated. The pursuit, which spanned approximately one-quarter mile and lasted around 10 seconds, reflects the delicate balance officers must maintain between public safety and their duty to apprehend suspects. Windsor Police Department Case # 240301-002 details the charges and the circumstances of the arrest.