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Wednesday, September 27, 2017/Categories: Press Release

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September 27, 2017
Oroville, CA- On September 27, 2017 at about 1:20 AM, Butte County Sheriff Office (BCSO) Deputy Vincente Arredondo was patrolling the Oroville area when he observed a white Honda Accord with dealer paper license plates on it. Honda Accords are vehicles that are frequently stolen. It is also very common for vehicle thieves to remove the license plates from stolen vehicles and replace them with paper plates or license plates from vehicles that are not stolen in an effort to avoid detection by law enforcement. Deputy Arredondo attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle; however, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. The vehicle fled from the city limits of Oroville south into the unincorporated area of Oroville reaching speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour. In the area of Dunstone Drive and Foothill Boulevard, the BCSO Impact Unit joined in on the pursuit to assist Deputy Arredondo. Deputies lost sight of the vehicle for a short amount of time near Lower Wyandotte Avenue and Foothill Boulevard; however the vehicle was quickly located after it had crashed off the roadway and collided with a fence and a tree. The occupants of the vehicle sustained no injuries in the collision, and were in the process of fleeing from the vehicle when Deputies arrived. The two suspects were taken into custody and placed under arrest. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 36 year old Christopher Johnson and the passenger was identified as 45 year old Jeremy Papesh. A subsequent records check of the VIN number on the vehicle revealed that the 2014 Honda Accord had been reported as a stolen vehicle out of Yuba City. The length of the entire pursuit was approximately 10 miles.
Christopher Johnson was subsequently placed under arrest for vehicle theft, recklessly evading arrest in a vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle. He is currently being held at the Butte County Jail with a bail of $60,000.
Jeremy Papesh was also placed under arrest for possession of a stolen vehicle and is being held at the Butte County Jail with a bail of $15,000.
For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit

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