High-speed pursuit spanning Colusa, Butte counties ends in Gridley

Marcos Montes

A Gridley man is behind bars after leading officers from the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office on a high-speed pursuit last Wednesday, which began in the City of Colusa and ended on the outskirts of the man’s hometown.

Marcos Montes, 22, was arrested by the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office at about 2:50 p.m. on Feb. 1, at the intersection of Sycamore and Oregon Streets, in Gridley, on suspicion of felony evading arrest with wanton disregard for public safety. The arrest followed a 28-mile pursuit by four Colusa County Sheriff’s Office units that lasted about 18 minutes, and reached speeds in excess of 100 miles an hour.

The pursuit started at about 2:32 PM after Montes fled from the Premier Mushroom Plant at 2847 Niagara Avenue in Colusa. Just prior to the pursuit, deputies had received a call regarding an employee who had been assaulted at the mushroom plant.

Montes, also an employee at Premier Mushrooms, allegedly assaulted the co-worker before he fled from the plant in his vehicle. A description of Montes’ vehicle – a blue-colored, 2011 Mazda 3 four-door – was provided to responding Sheriff’s Office personnel, who spotted the vehicle as it was coming into Colusa.

Once Montes failed to stop for Sheriff’s personnel and fled from deputies on north-bound Bridge Street, the pursuit was on.

Montes and the pursuing officers continued onto north-bound River Road, where they quickly reached speeds of up to 90 MPH. By the time the pursuit had reached the “dips,” deputies reported that Montes was traveling at a speed of more than 100 MPH.

Shortly after passing Laux Road, dispatch contacted the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office to notify them of the pursuit, but Montes then headed east-bound on Gridley-Colusa Road, toward Butte County.

On Gridley-Colusa Road at Cherokee Creek, the lead deputy in the pursuit reported that he was losing sight of Montes’ car. Just after the deputy announced that he could no longer see the car, dispatch indicated that officers from the Gridley Police Department had a visual on the vehicle.

Montes finally pulled over near the intersection of Sycamore and Oregon streets, surrendering just outside of Gridley.

He was arrested by Colusa County Sheriff’s Deputies at that location without further incident. Gridley Police assisted with the arrest, and the Colusa Police Department and agents of the Colusa County Task Force assisted with the conclusion of the pursuit.

Montes was transported back to the Colusa County Jail. His bail was set at $50,000.

The Sheriff’s Office is also investigating misdemeanor battery charges related to the assault of the employee at the mushroom plant. The battery allegations are still under investigation at this time.

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net