CPD: Officer Escapes Injury after Vehicle Hits Patrol Car During Pursuit

Chico Police say an officer escaped injury, despite being involved in a head-on collision with a stolen vehicle early Tuesday morning. Chico Police say officers chased the vehicle into an orchard off Cana Highway just after 2:30 AM. Chico Police Sgt. Rob Merrifield says the suspect, 26 year old Joseph Stepehns Jr., allegedly drove directly toward a patrol car, causing a head-on crash. Stephens was taken into custody on charges including evading and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.

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