CHP Releases Photo of Suspect Who Fled Traffic Collision on Shelter Cove Road
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 05-17-17, at 1520 hours, a Garberville Area CHP officer observed a black Chevrolet S10 pickup truck traveling westbound on Shelter Cove Road straddling both lanes, and not displaying any license plates. The officer attempted to initiate an enforcement stop on the Chevrolet and the vehicle fled.
The vehicle fled for a short distance, approximately one half of a mile, and overturned as it negotiated a left hand curve in the roadway. The officer arrived on scene of the collision moments after it occurred, and observed the driver climbing out of the crushed driver side window and door. The driver exited the Chevrolet and fled on foot. The officer told the driver to stop and he did not. The officer deployed his taser twice, striking the suspect on the second attempt. The suspect continued to flee and fell over the side of a heavily wooded downhill embankment.
The officer ran to the edge of the embankment and observed the suspect fleeing downhill. The officer observed the suspect for as long as he could, until he lost sight of him in the heavy foliage.
Responding units set up a perimeter, but discovered evidence the suspect had escaped the perimeter. Additional resources were requested such as aircraft and K9 officers but none were available. Every attempt has been made to locate the suspect, but he is still outstanding. A loaded handgun was found in the suspect vehicle. Should he be seen, please contact the Garberville Area CHP office at (707) 923-2155, or call 911.
Note: The suspect, Christopher Sean Basar of Shelter Cove, is described as 6’4″, 200 pounds with a shaved head, black beard and tan skin.