Speaking of stolen Hondas

Butte County Sheriff’s deputies chase down car thieves

In the wee hours of Saturday (Jan. 22), a suspicious vehicle led Butte County Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase through parts of Chico.

According to a Butte County Sheriff’s Office press release, Deputy J. Beller tried to pull over the car, a stolen Honda Accord, at about 3:30 in the morning near the Spirits of America store at Nord and Glenwood avenues. The convenience store and gas station has been the location of numerous vandalisms and burglaries.

The driver headed south on Nord and then west on Chico River Road, reaching speeds in excess of 80 mph. Eventually, the driver turned around and began speeding eastward. However, Chico police officers placed a spike strip in the roadway and deflated both front tires. Jacob Tracy, a 20-year-old Chico resident and passenger in the car, was arrested for public intoxication. The driver was not found.

Then, in the wee hours of Wednesday (Jan. 26), Deputy B. Cornelius spotted another stolen Honda Accord in Oroville occupied by two men. Its driver led the deputy on a chase through parts of Oroville before the car hit a roundabout, flattening both front tires. The men in the car ran away and were not captured. The car was stolen from Chico. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact the BCSO at 538-7321.