SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. -- Two people are now in jail after a routine traffic stop lead to a high speed chase.
On Wednesday, October 17, around 12:44 p.m., Siskiyou County Sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over car for speeding on SR 96, east, near Seattle Creek. According to police, the driver fled the scene at a high-rate of speed, driving recklessly through a nearby construction zone, where a highway worker was holding a stop sign. The vehicle swerved over the double-yellow line several times and passed several slower-moving vehicles. The driver ran through a red light at Beaver Creek, traveling east going between 70 to 80 MPH.
The chase continued for about 60-miles, east of the Klamath River Bridge. California Highway Patrol (CHP) deployed a spike strip that deflated one of the suspect vehicle’s tires. The vehicle came to a stop on the right-shoulder and a man and woman started running down an embankment, towards the Klamath River. The CHP’s H-14 helicopter crew arrived to help with the pursuit. The man, later identified as John Jacob Lightle, 29, of Montague, was found hiding in bushes near the river. The woman, later identified as Jennifer Lynette Peters, 33, of Yreka, jumped into the Klamath River and attempted to get away by floating down river. She was taken into custody by Lieutenant Tharsing and his SCSO canine “Aron.”
Lightle was arrested and booked for a felony arrest warrant and for resisting, obstructing, and delaying a peace officer while on-duty. Peters was booked for a felony charge of evading arrest in a vehicle, resisting, obstructing, and delaying a peace officer while on-duty, and she had one outstanding felony arrest warrant and two misdemeanor arrest warrants. Large amounts of narcotic paraphernalia, marijuana, stolen property, and burglary tools were found in their car, which will result in additional charges.
No one was hurt during the chase or arrests.
These crimes are still under investigation and anyone with information about the suspects’ actions in regard to the pursuit or other alleged offenses is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”