Deputy Almost Struck by Fleeing Suspect, Says Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office
Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On Saturday, 02-27-2016, at about 9:30 PM, a Sheriff’s Deputy in the Hoopa, Ca. area was attempting to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The Deputy attempted a traffic stop on Hwy 96 near Marshall Lane.
The vehicle yielded to the shoulder of the road, and the Deputy made a driver’s side approach to the vehicle. As the Deputy approached the driver side door, the vehicle rapidly accelerated away. The Deputy was attempting to retreat back to his patrol vehicle when he observed the fleeing vehicle had turned completely around and was travelling toward him at a high rate of speed.
The Deputy was narrowly able to escape being struck by the fleeing vehicle as it passed by within only a few feet of him. The Deputy attempted to follow the vehicle, but discontinued his efforts a short time later when he lost sight of it.
While leaving the area, the Deputy received information from Yurok Tribal Police, who indicated that same vehicle had recently fled from one of their Officers. During that previous incident, the Officer was able to identify the driver as, Charles A. McCovey, age 40, of Hoopa, Ca.
Sheriff’s Deputies were able to locate a residence for McCovey, and when they arrived they located the vehicle that had just fled from them. They also saw a male subject running from the driver’s side of that vehicle, into the nearby residence. Deputies eventually located the subject hiding in the backyard area of the residence. The Deputy was able to identify the male subject as the same male who was operating the vehicle which fled from him earlier. The male was formally identified as Charles A. McCovey.
While arresting Charles A. McCovey, another male subject exited the residence to protest the arrest. That male was identified as Justin McCovey, age 31 , of Hoopa, Ca. Deputies learned Justin McCovey had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was also arrested.
Both Charles A. McCovey, and Justin McCovey were taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked. Charles A. McCovey was booked for evading a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting an officer, and probation violation. Justin McCovey was booked for his outstanding warrants.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.