35-year-old Victoria Shepherd of Chico was the woman charged with leading authorities on a chase that started in Oroville and ended in Chico early Monday morning.
Just before 2 am Butte County Sheriff's deputies laid down spikes strips on Highway 99 to aid CHP officers who were pursuing an Acura heading to Chico from Oroville. The car was partially disabled but the Shepherd continued to drive the Acura into Chico where she allegedly damaged a power pole which started a small grass fire near the Neighborhood Church. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release,the Acura ended up in downtown Chico where the pursuit called off. The pursuit was reinstated after the vehicle left the downtown area and Chico Police officers joined deputies in the chase. A second set of spike strips were deployed and the vehicle finally stopped in the area of Pilsbury and Cohasset roads where Shepherd was then arrested on numerous felony charges. Authorities believe Shepherd was under the influence of drugs.