Have you seen this Tehama County Jail escapee?

Trey Cleveland King

By Larry Judkins

Glenn County Observer

Early Friday morning, Trey Cleveland King of Corning escaped from the Tehama County Jail when deputies opened a door as inmates took trash out for a work detail.

King ran past the deputies. A deputy gave chase, but lost sight of him.

King was in jail, awaiting his day in court, for an incident that occurred in November, 2021.

On Nov. 12, King allegedly stole a big rig in Red Bluff. At about 11:30 a.m. on that day, the big rig was spotted on Paskenta Road by a California Highway Patrol officer.

When the officer pulled the big rig over, the driver threw it into reverse and rammed the patrol vehicle, disabling it. The officer sustained some injuries as a result of this collision.

Other law enforcement officers soon located the big rig and a pursuit entered Red Bluff. King reportedly attempted to ram law enforcement vehicles several times.

King allegedly jumped out of the big rig and stole a Ford F-150 pickup. He drove to Interstate 5, where he reportedly began driving south on the northbound side of I-5.

Officers were able to shut down the freeway, and King got out of the pickup and attempted to escape on foot. Officers were able to catch him.

King was booked into the Tehama County Jail on charges alleging attempted murder (a felony), assault with a deadly weapon (a vehicle) with great bodily injury likely (a felony), evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for safety (a felony), possession of known stolen property (a felony), driving with a license suspended for driving while under the influence (a misdemeanor), a parole hold, carjacking, and resisting or obstructing an executive officer (a felony). The parole hold and the attempted murder charge were dismissed.

Early Friday afternoon, the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office reported that Bethany Gaylord and William Keys were arrested on charges alleging they helped King to escape.

The Tehama County District Attorney’s Office said King did not have a weapon when he escaped but should be considered dangerous. If King is seen, the public is advised not to approach him, but to call 911.

King has been arrested many times in the past. Charges have ranged from drug violations to vehicle theft and many other crimes.

Although it was later dropped, his recent charge of violation of parole indicates he has also been sentenced to prison.

King apparently does not have a history of encounters with law enforcement in Glenn County. Nevertheless, he is certainly capable of making it this far south.

Keep your eyes open.