A parolee was arrested early this morning after attempting to evade Sheriff’s Deputies during a vehicle pursuit. Shortly after 4:00 this morning a Sheriff’s Patrol Sergeant was at the intersection of Harris Street and Walford Avenue in Eureka. He heard via his radio that the Eureka Police Department had issued a “be on the lookout” for a reckless motorcyclist driving eastbound on Harris. The Sergeant saw the motorcyclist, later identified as Zackery Jacob Chapman, 30 of Eureka, approach his location and then turn southbound onto Montgomery Street at a high rate of speed. The Sergeant activated his overhead emergency lights and attempted to make a traffic stop. Chapman failed to yield, and instead accelerated through a residential area. He made several turns, finally ending up southbound on Walnut Drive where he reached speeds of 80 MPH. Chapman then continued westbound on Ridgewood, finally turning southbound onto Elk River Road. When Chapman reached the end of the road at the closed gate that enters the Headwaters Forest he laid the motorcycle down and surrendered to deputies. Deputies arrested Chapman and searched him. They found him to be in possession of 197.5 grams (almost a half of pound) of dried marijuana bud, a knife, a hypodermic needle, and prescription pills in someone else’s name. The motorcycle Chapman was riding was determined to have been stolen. A warrant check revealed that Chapman was also wanted for a parole violation.
Chapman was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for safety (a felony), possession of stolen property, possession of a hypodermic needle, possession of more that an ounce of marijuana, and a parole violation. He is ineligible to post bail due to his parole status.