Siskiyou County Parolee Caught After Another Chase
On Thursday, October 18th, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputies spotted a vehicle suspected of containing a wanted felon, Mr. Shawn Timothy O’Leary, 26, of Yreka, on State Route (SR) 263 north of Yreka.
Deputies observed up to three occupants in the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, according to the SCSO release issued today.
When the driver turned from State Route 263 to westbound State Route 96, the driver hesitated and would not initially yield or stop.
The driver, Mr. Vincent Bowers, 44, of Yreka, and Ms. Kari Landrum, 37, of Happy Camp, then exited the vehicle as it slowed to a stop. Mr. O’Leary then fled the area at a high-rate of speed in the vehicle as the solo occupant.
A pursuit was initiated as the vehicle continued westbound on SR 96 in an apparent attempt to evade arrest at unsafe and reckless speeds and violating a number of traffic laws.
After traveling several miles, the vehicle collided with a guard rail on SR 96 as the driver attempted to negotiate a sharp curve at an unsafe speed.
Mr. O’Leary fled the collision scene on foot into a nearby wooded area near the Klamath River.
SCSO Deputies, members of the SCSO Special Response Team, SCSO Detectives, and SCSO K9 “Caro” tracked Mr. O’Leary to the wooded area where he was believed to be hiding. With the help of canine Caro, Mr. O’Leary was located hiding in a tree. He was taken into custody without incident and with additional assistance provided by the California Highway Patrol.
Deputies also retrieved ammunition and a firearm that were thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit.
After his arrival at the Siskiyou County Jail, Siskiyou County Jail staff located additional methamphetamine on Mr. O’Leary’s person.
Mr. O’Leary is currently lodged in the Siskiyou County Jail on several criminal charges including:
- Felony evading a peace officer
- Driving under the influence
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Transportation of a controlled substance
- Possession of a controlled substance in jail
- Possession of a controlled substance for sale
- Felon in possession of ammunition
- Possession of a switchblade knife
He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Mr. Bowers was charged with being an accessory to a crime and obstruction of a public officer. He posted $25,000 bail and was released.
Ms. Landrum was booked on charges of possession of concentrated cannabis and possession of more than 28.5 grams of marijuana. Ms. Landrum appeared in court on Friday, October 19, 2012 and was released on her own recognizance.
This wasn’t Mr. O’Leary’s first brush with the law or high speed chase with the local cops, either.
Back in 2009, Siskiyou Sheriff’s deputies him and another man arrested two men after a high-speed chase through northern Siskiyou County.
The incident began when a Jeep Cherokee, stolen the previous evening, was spotted parked south of Yreka. Sheriff’s deputies, CHP officers, and Yreka Police staked out the area and saw two men got into the stolen Jeep and drive off.
Officers attempted to pull the vehicle over but the men didn’t stop. Law enforcement officials chased the men down Highway 99 where CHP officers placed a spike strip. The strip punctured two tires but still didn’t stop the men. The Jeep turned off the raod near Grenada and wrecked; the men got out of the vehicle and ran.
A short distance away, law enforcement officials caught Shawn Timothy O’Leary, 22, who listed his residence as transient, and Larry Ralph Rhea Jr., 29, of Montague. O’Leary was arrested on suspicion of violating parole, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.