Oroville, CA – On June 11, 2016, at about 2:35 am, BCSO Deputies attempted to stop the occupants of a Ford Explorer in the area of Glen Drive and Foothill Boulevard, Oroville/Butte County. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield and led the Deputies in a pursuit that lasted approximately 28 minutes, covered several miles throughout Butte County, and reached speeds of approximately 80 mph. The passenger jumped from the moving vehicle and fled on foot in the area of Naranja Avenue and Mt. Ida. He was quickly captured by the Deputies however the driver continued. The passenger was identified as 31 year old Oroville resident, Christopher Ballez. Ballez was booked at the Butte County Jail for Obstructing a Peace Officer. His bail was set at $1,000.
Officers from the Oroville Police Department (OPD) were monitoring the pursuit and quickly relocated the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Oro Quincy Highway and Oak Ave. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield for OPD Officers and the pursuit continued for several more miles.
Spike strips were successfully deployed on Lower Honcut Road, just east of Hwy 70. The driver continued northbound on Highway 70 for about two more miles before stopping in the area of Highway 70 and Central House Road where he was taken into custody. The driver was identified as 42 year old Oroville resident, Timothy Fryar. Fryar was booked at the Butte County Jail for Felony Evading and Driving on a Suspended License. His bail was set at $ 51,000.