A Thursday evening traffic stop and short pursuit resulted in the arrest of 29 year-old Susanville resident on multiple charges.
According to Police Lieutenant Matt Wood, at around 7:00p.m. a Susanville Police Officer in a marked patrol unit attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a bicyclist for several violations on Main Street near Russell Ave. The bicyclist ignored the lights and siren of the officer’s patrol vehicle and a short pursuit ensued on Russell Avenue and Fair Drive.
The pursuit continued onto the 200 block of North Mesa Street where the suspect abandoned his bicycle and continued to flee on foot. Susanville Police Officers pursued the suspect on foot and ultimately located him hiding in the backyard of a residence in the 400 block of Russell Ave.
The suspect, Susanville resident Thomas Kohler, was arrested and taken into custody without further incident.
Kohler was booked into the Lassen County Jail on multiple charges including; possession of methamphetamine, possession of syringes, possession of a concealed dirk or dagger, and delaying or obstructing a peace officer. Kohler was held on $30,000 bail.
The case has been referred to the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.