Second update: GCSO releases more chase info

By Larry Judkins

Glenn County Observer

After The Observer published the update based upon the Glenn County Jail’s media release, the Glenn County Sheriff’s logs came out with additional information.

According to the log item for the event in question, at about 5:17 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, Deputy Goodwin observed a Chevy Silverado run off the roadway on Highway 99 near County Road 28 and collide with a barbed wire fence.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop but the vehicle failed to yield, leading to a pursuit.

The driver ultimately “foot-bailed” on Highway 99, south of County Road 48.

After a search of the area, deputies were unable to locate the driver.

The vehicle was registered to Victor Cardenas of 159 Elm Street, Willows, and an investigation was initiated.

The vehicle was towed per California Vehicle Code section 14602.7(a).

Cardenas was contacted later in the day. He denied fleeing from law enforcement and claimed his vehicle was stolen.

Cardenas was ultimately arrested for various charges.

An “involved party” was named as Gabriela Ochoa-Serrano, 2477 Santa Rita Road, apt. #24, Pleasanton.

Update: Suspect in chase caught

By Larry Judkins

Glenn County Observer

The suspect in Sunday morning’s high-speed chase down Highway 99 was arrested at his home in Willows that evening.

The pursuit involving the suspect and Glenn County Sheriff’s deputies began at about 5:20 a.m. on Nov. 6 somewhere around County Road 31 on Highway 99. It continued until the Chevy the man was driving broke down on Highway 99 at the north end of the City of Willows.

At that time, the man jumped out of the Chevy and ran east across the highway and railroad tracks into an orchard. Law enforcement officers set up a perimeter in the area, which included the orchard, Burnham’s Veterinary Clinic, and the county yard, but were unable to find him.

The suspect was identified as Victor Cardenas. At first, they thought he was a resident of Orland, where he had previously lived, but soon learned his current address is 159 Elm Street, Willows.

Besides searching the area of northeast Willows, deputies also began watching his home on Elm Street. Soon, they saw a woman leave the house, get into a sedan, and start driving slowly up and down Highway 99, north of Willows.

Eventually, deputies informed her Cardenas was being sought for the alleged commission of crimes, and told her to go home.

Then, early Sunday evening, deputies arrested Cardenas at his home at 159 Elm Street, Willows.

At about 7:10 p.m., he was booked into the Glenn County Jail. According to the jail’s news release, Victor Hugo Cardenas, 32, of Willows, was booked into the jail on charges alleging evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for safety (a felony), hit and run with property damage (a misdemeanor), resisting or obstructing a public service officer (a misdemeanor), and misdemeanor violation of probation.

His bail was set at $47,000.

Keep your eyes on The Glenn County Observer for further updates.