Tim Vivian tasered, struck with baton
A traveler from Sonoma County who allegedly lifted his ride without permission was spotted after causing a disturbance last night and eventually arrested after a high speed chase and subsequent violent altercation with police.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a disturbing the peace call at about 11 p.m. Monday and responded to the Phillipsville Trailer Park, where they found loud music coming from a 2003 blue Dodge pickup truck parked nearby. As the deputies parked, the idling truck drove off, and eventually went southbound on the Avenue of the Giants (State Route 254), during which time it entered the northbound traffic lane. The deputies began to conduct a traffic stop, but as the truck pulled off to the side of the highway and the cops exited their vehicle, the suspect suddenly sped away southwards at a high rate of speed.
Now informed by dispatch that the truck was reported stolen from Santa Rosa, the deputies pursued the truck, which had now proceeded northbound on Highway 101. The suspect allegedly crossed the double yellow line at various times while leading deputies on a chase which reached 100 miles per hour. As the truck reached the Salmon Creek exit, it took the turn off too fast and failed to negotiate the corner, running into the embankment.
At this point the driver jumped out of the truck and fled on foot with an object in his hand while the truck was still rolling. Chasing the suspect through the brush, the cops ordered him to leave the brush, show his hands and drop to the ground. The man instead came towards the deputies, who then used a taser against him, causing him to fall to the dirt. According to a statement by lieutenant Steve Knight today, the grounded suspect continued to fight and violently resist the deputies, to which the cops responded by “utilizing their baton on the suspect” until he was handcuffed.
Upon the suspect’s arrest, the stolen truck was searched; four large ziplocked bags of processed marijuana were found, along with a six-inch long knife. Identified as 44-year-old Timothy Vivian of Rohnert Park, an active parolee, the suspect allegedly told deputies he was trying to “train them” by evading and resisting them. He was taken to a local hospital and medically cleared before being booked into county jail on charges of felony evasion, resisting arrest, driving under the influence, possessing stolen property, violating parole and transporting marijuana.
Due to his parole status, he is being held at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility without bail.