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Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for the driver of a vehicle that crashed into the Eel Riverbed after a short pursuit this morning. At about 5:50 am Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Bishop was on routine patrol in Garberville when he saw a person in a dark blue Toyota Matrix speeding on Redwood Drive. Deputy Bishop attempted to pull over the vehicle, which had turned west onto Sprowel Creek Road. The vehicle slowed down and moved to the shoulder but then suddenly accelerated back onto the road. The deputy continued to follow the vehicle. The driver of the Toyota attempted to turn onto Kimtu but was traveling too fast to negotiate the turn. The vehicle left the road and landed in the riverbed, coming to rest on its roof.
Deputy Bishop stopped his patrol car and saw a man exit the vehicle from the passenger side. As Deputy Bishop was taking the man into custody, he saw the driver of the vehicle running southwest, towards the river.
Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate the driver. Evidence left in the vehicle (which had been stolen from Rio Dell earlier this morning) identified the driver as Darin Warner Tamsen, 19 of San Diego. Tamsen is a white male adult who is about 5’10”, 155 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. The Sheriff’s Office has filed a request for an arrest warrant for Tamsen with the District Attorney’s Office.
The passenger, who had only met Tamsen last night, was released at the scene.