Suspect in High Speed Chase in Mendocino County Arrested for Attempted Murder and More
This is a press release from the California Highway Patrol. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
(See video of a portion of the chase at the Mendocino Voice. Scroll to the bottom.)
On 12/20/2016, at approximately 1935 hours, the Ukiah Police Department (UPD) observed a Kia sedan that was connected with multiple local burglaries. UPD initiated a traffic enforcement stop and the vehicle failed to yield resulting in a pursuit. The vehicle quickly entered US-101 northbound from Talmage Rd. Upon Request from UPD, CHP officers took over the pursuit. The suspect continued northbound on US-101 towards Willits. The pursuit reached speeds of over 100 mph.
The suspected vehicle exited US-101 onto SR20 near Willits. Willits Police Department was prepared and successfully deployed the spike strip at SR20 and Walker Road, flattening the vehicles tires. The pursuit continued northbound SR20 and Holly Street. Just north of Holly Street the suspect pointed a handgun out of the driver side window and fired multiple rounds at the pursuing officers (no Officers or Patrol Vehicles were hit). The suspect continued northbound for a short distance and eventually exited the vehicle and ran into a nearby creek. Ukiah CHP, Willits Police Department, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department performed a search for the suspect in the wooded area. With the assistance of the MCSO K9 Unit, it didn’t take long for the K9 to locate the suspect. The suspect was arrested and identified as Ryan Joseph Maxstadt. Maxstadt, who is a San Jose resident, was booked into the Mendocino county jail for 664/187 PC, 245 PC, 2800.2 VC and 1203.2 PC.
This incident is still under investigation.
Note: Although, the CHP press release originally gave the suspect’s name as Mazstadt, the correct spelling is Maxstadt. We have updated to reflect that.
For more information, see the Mendocino Voice’s story.
Earlier Chapter: Shot Fired in High Speed Chase From Ukiah to Willits