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Woman Arrested After Leading Deputies On Chase From Cottonwood To Redding

Tehama County Sheriff’s Deputies say they pursued a Cottonwood woman out of their county on a wild ride through Redding. It started at 8:30AM Thursday morning on reports of someone checking mailboxes off Bowman Road on the Tehama County side of Cottonwood. Deputies stopped a Chevy Tahoe with suspended tags driven by 57-year-old Heidi Teresa Walizer. When they learned she had an arrest warrant for trespassing and resisting, she drove away and got onto Northbound I-5 into Shasta County. Tehama deputies chased her out Gas Point Road to Happy Valley Road. They asked for help from Shasta County Deputies, who set spike strips and popped three of the tires before the SUV reached Highway 273. As the tires disintegrated and the Chevy kept going onto South Bonneyview, deputies gave up the chase only when a CHP helicopter began tracking from above. Walizer finally stopped at the Wendy’s on Hilltop Drive after a 21 mile chase that averaged only 50 miles an hour, almost half of it on three flat tires. There was no mail or anything else in the car not belonging to Heidi Walizer. She was arrested without incident for resisting, felony evading and her warrant. The only passenger was her dog, staying at Haven Humane for now.