Man Allegedly Crashed Stolen Vehicle After Fleeing Police and Brandishing a Replica Handgun
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 25, 2018 at approximately 4:23 pm, Officers with the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to a threats report. The reporting party identified the suspect as Titus Gerrell Hill (37 years old of Eureka) and said that Hill brandished a firearm during the incident. The reporting party believed Hill to be driving a white Honda Civic and provided a license plate number for the Honda. A records check revealed the Honda to be a reported stolen vehicle. The vehicle was last seen in the area of G and 11th Streets.
Upon an officer’s arrival, he located the vehicle fleeing southbound on G Street. A traffic stop was attempted, but due to the road conditions and speeds of the suspect vehicle (about 70 mph), the risks to pedestrians and traffic were too great and the officer terminated his efforts to pursue.
Moments later, the suspect vehicle impacted into a parked vehicle and came to rest in the roadway at G and Del Norte Streets. The driver, later determined to be Hill, fled the scene on foot. Officers began searching the area and quickly located Hill between E and F on Sonoma Street. Hill was slow to comply with orders and at one point reached into his waistband, removing a handgun. Hill [threw] the handgun to the ground. Hill was soon taken into custody without further incident. Upon inspection the handgun was determined to be a replica handgun.
Hill will ultimately be booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of possession of stolen property, felony evading arrest, and Hit and run.
This is an ongoing investigation and any further information will be released when it becomes available.