Driver of Stolen Vehicle Fled Leaving Injured Passengers


The California Highway Patrol has provided the following information:

On Sunday, March 29th, at approximately 3:27 in the afternoon, a stolen 2004 Ford Expedition was traveling southbound US-101, north of the town of Laytonville. According to passengers in the Expedition, the vehicle was being driven by Stephen Walkenhorst. Witnesses stated the vehicle was being operated erratically, prior to the vehicle veering onto the southbound shoulder of the road, ramping up a driveway, breaking off a telephone pole, rolling through a creek and coming to rest on its side, over a fence. The driver of the vehicle was ejected during the rollover. Witness accounts state the three passengers were either pinned in the vehicle or too injured to walk. The driver was said to have collected several items from the surrounding area and then fled on foot, leaving his passengers.

Assisting at the collision scene was CalFire, the Laytonville Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance, and Rescue.

The California Highway Patrol is requesting the publics help in finding the driver, Stephen Thomas Walkenhorst; a white male, six feet tall, short brown hair, with a recent laceration to the forehead. Walkenhorst was wearing black and red Adidas tennis shoes, a black hat, and black sweat pants, carrying a black back-pack. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Walkenhorst, please contact the California Highway Patrol, at (707) 268-2000 or dial 911. The public is urged not to confront Walkenhorst, as he may be dangerous.

Image from Lane County, Oregon booking photo.



  • Part of one of the tweaker thief network?

    • I doubt tweekers can really get it together to steal a car&actually get away. Meth makes one dumb&pretty predictable person. There are chop shops operating everywhere, including Humboldt. I remember one that was in a barn out towards Ettersburg. It got busted eventually, tho I think the cops were looking for pot. It was s group of guys from an eastern European country. Where I grew up, rich kids stole cars&other things just for kicks. That’s the problem kids- they learn early money can buy them out of almost any problem they have, especially legal ones. At least in my experience. Tweekers are opportunists and are often off in their own hallucinatory world that rarely relates to reality, unfortunately.

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