EPD Arrests Man After Pursuit Around Courthouse
This is a press release from the Eureka Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On May 22, 2018, at about 7:13 p.m., an officer with the Eureka Police Department witnessed the driver of a Dodge Ram 3500 run a stop light near Broadway and West 14th Streets, nearly causing a collision. The officer activated his overhead lights and attempted a traffic stop but the driver failed to yield.
Backup officers responded as the driver continued east on 7th Street. Officers pursued while the driver drove around the courthouse about three times, violating multiple traffic laws. Ultimately the driver stopped on the 800 block of 4th Street and was taken into custody without further incident.
The driver was identified as 33 year old Dane Lawrence of Eureka. While officers were investigating, the Eureka Police Communications Center received a 911 call from the owner of the Dodge Ram. The owner said Lawrence did not have permission to drive the vehicle and requested to report it as stolen.
Lawrence was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for evading, vehicle theft, and Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) violation. The vehicle was not damaged and was released to the owner on scene.