Mystery Machine involved in police pursuit

0308 Mystery MachineRedding, Ca. — The Mystery Machine was involved in a high-speed police chase in Redding, California on Sunday around noon.


Police say that a probation officer with Shasta County Probation contacted the Redding Police Department regarding a person wanted for a probation violation. That person was identified as 51-year-old Redding resident Sharon Kay Turman. She was located by police while she was driving her 1994 Chrysler Town and County minivan in Redding. Turman’s van happened to be painted like The Mystery Machine from the popular cartoon series “Scooby-Doo”.


Officers say they attempted to stop Turman in the area of California Street and Shasta Street, but she fled in the van southbound onto California Street. Turman was traveling recklessly and at a high rate of speed, so police subsequently backed off from the pursuit. She was last seen by Redding Police heading southbound on Highway 273.


Police say that the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the chase, and a California Highway Patrol helicopter later located Turman’s vehicle at a dead end road just north of Anderson. Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies convened on the location, and Turman fled in the vehicle once again. She continued on Highway 273 through the city of Anderson, then southbound on I-5. Her reported speeds were in excess of 100 mph. Deputies terminated their pursuit in the area of I-5 and Bowman Road in Tehama County.


According to officers, the CHP helicopter maintained visual contact with Turman as she continued westbound towards Highway 36. She was last seen abandoning her vehicle in an area of northwestern Tehama County.


Redding Police say Turman’s vehicle was impounded, and her current location is unknown. She is wanted by the Redding Police Department and Shasta County Probation.

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