[UPDATE 5:23 a.m.] Stolen Big Rig Crashes Into Tree, Driver Flees With Gun
About 6:20 p.m. on Sunday, a big rig stolen from E. G. Ayers Distributing located on Broadway in Eureka crashed into a tree on Herrick Avenue near the Elks Club. According to Jennifer Petersen who lived near the crash site, her neighbors told her that the driver fled the stolen vehicle carrying a gun. This is corroborated by the CHP Traffic Information page mirrored by the Lost Coast Outpost which reported that a “man jump[ed] out with a rifle [and was last seen headed] towards the Elk Lodge.”
Petersen said that from her window she could see where the driver “took out a mailbox, he took out a fence, and then hit a tree.”
Deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol Officers arrived on the scene shortly afterward. A shirtless suspect was taken into custody at gunpoint about 6:38 p.m. Petersen described him as “a short white male with a bald head” She said her husband said he had a “tattoo on his right peck.”
Diesel leaked from the big rig into the gutter, according to scanner traffic. According to the Hazardous Materials Report, about three gallons of fuel was contained. Humboldt County Environmental Health personnel arrived on the scene to deal with the spill.
Westbound Herrick Ave was closed for about a half hour.
Video provided by Saryn Kennedy
UPDATE 5:23 a.m.:
This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 9-16-2018 at around 1823 hours, the California Highway Patrol requested an agency assist for a semi-truck that crashed into a tree on Herrick Avenue at the Elks Lodge. A short time later, H.C.S.O. Dispatch received reports that a white male adult dressed in a black hooded coat was seen running from the semi-truck with a rifle through the Elks Lodge parking lot. A short time later another citizen called reporting the suspect was seen running into the trailer at space #14 at the Fairway Mobile Estates, located at 525 Herrick Avenue. Units from the Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and closed off Herrick Avenue and set up a perimeter around trailer #14. A Humboldt Alert was sent out to the area residents to advise them of the danger and to shelter in place. A surround and callout was conducted on the residence by Deputies. A subject later identified as the resident, Patrick Holt ran from the residence and was detained by Deputies.
During this call for service, a representative from Ayers Distribution on S. Broadway in Eureka called to report a semi-truck had been stolen from the business and the office had been burglarized.
Officers from the Eureka Police Department and a Cal-Fire responded to the residence and a sweep of the residence was conducted for any additional suspects. No other persons were located.
A Search Warrant was obtained for the residence and numerous stolen items were located inside the residence including a stolen firearm. After an intensive investigation, it was determined probable cause existed to place Patrick Holt under arrest for C.V.C.10851 (Theft and unlawful taking or driving of a vehicle.) P.C.459 (Burglary) P.C.29800(a) (Felon in possession of a firearm.) P.C.148(a)(1) (Resisting or delaying a Peace Officer.) and P.C.594(b)(1) (Felony vandalism.) Additionally Holt was booked on an unrelated arrest warrant.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Eureka Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Cal-Fire for their assistance in this matter.
We would like to remind the citizens of Humboldt County of “Humboldt Alert.” Registering for this service will enable us to alert you of any situations you may need to be aware of that could be dangerous in your area. Ensuring the safety of all community members is the number one priority for the Sheriff’s Office.
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