Thursday, April 11 2013, 01:12 PM CDT
Suspect eludes Humboldt County deputies
MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. -- A pursuit turned up a car stolen from Medford, Ore.
Around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, a Humboldt County Sheriff's deputy spotted a 1997 Green Honda Civic driving erratically on Central Avenue near Murray Road, according to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's office.
The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver sped up and turned onto Reasor Road, leading the deputy on a short pursuit.
Officials say the vehicle chase ended when the driver turned into an apartment complex where the road dead ended.
The driver jumped out of the vehicle and ran from the scene, the press release said.
The deputy followed the suspect on foot, but lost the man when he ran into a field behind McKinleyville High School.
Deputies checked the license plate and vehicle identification number of the car. California's Department of Motor Vehicles showed the plates belonged to a car stolen in Arcata on April 1.
The vehicle identification number showed the Honda had been stolen from Medford on March 31.
The deputy search the vehicle and found property that belonged to Brian Andrew Coffman, 27.
Through a records check, they learned that there warrants for Coffman's arrests. The warrants are related drug charges.
The deputy also pulled up Coffman's booking photo. He identified Coffman as the driver of the vehicle.
Officals are looking for Coffman. He is described as a 27-year-old white male who is 6 feet tall, weighs about 140 pounds, has brown hair and blue eyes.
If you have information on the man's whereabouts, call the Humboldt County Sheriff's office at 707-445-7251 or the sheriff's crime tip line at 707-268-2539.