Driver in High Speed Pursuit Last Night Was Arrested After Traffic Collision
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:
On 01/23/2017, at approximately 2240 hours, two officers with the California Highway Patrol, Garberville Area, observed a Dodge pickup matching the description of a vehicle recently involved in a Humboldt County Sheriff Department pursuit. The vehicle was observed traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Redwood Drive south of West Coast Road. The officers attempted to conduct an enforcement stop on the Dodge which failed to yield. A pursued ensued in which the suspect vehicle traveled northbound on US-101 and southbound on SR-254. The vehicle traveled onto Dyerville Loop Road where it collided with a tree north of Killebrew Lane. The officers conducted a high risk enforcement stop on the vehicle. The driver and passenger were uninjured in the collision.
The passenger was determined to be an innocent party, and was transported to Fortuna at her request. The driver, identified as Arthur Howatt Jr., was subsequently arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail. Officers later became aware that Howatt had a felony warrant for his arrest which was issued by the Fortuna Police Department.
Watch a video of this pursuit here: High Speed Pursuit–Officers Chasing a Vehicle Around Southern Humboldt