Quick arrest

Wanted man run down by speedy police officer

A Chico police officer with reportedly exceptional foot speed chased down and arrested a wanted man at the Chico Mall on Friday (June 17).

While on patrol, Officer Jack Ditty saw a man and woman on a motorcycle outside the mall, according to a Chico Police Department press release. The man, apparently noticing Ditty, put his sweatshirt over his bike’s license plate, arousing Ditty’s suspicion. As he approached, the man took off running.

“Unfortunately for the suspect, Officer Ditty is one of the youngest and fastest officers [in] the department,” the release reads. Ditty caught up with him near the Highway 99 bike path and, upon finding methamphetamine in his possession, made the arrest.

The suspect was identified as Ronald Tanner of Magalia and booked into Butte County Jail for possession of meth, resisting arrest and an existing felony warrant for theft of CPD’s “bait bike.” The woman was not identified.