Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 245(a)(1) PC: Assault with a deadly weapon. 2800.2 CVC: Eading Peace Officer. 23152(a)(b) CVC: Drving while under the influence. 11364(a) H&S: Possession of drug paraphernalia. 20150(a) PC: Alteration of imitation firearm
Report Number:
2013-11040    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
245(a)(1) PC: Assault with a deadly weapon. 2800.2 CVC: Eading Peace Officer. 23152(a)(b) CVC: Drving while under the influence. 11364(a) H&S: Possession of drug paraphernalia. 20150(a) PC: Alteration of imitation firearm
Location:
2200 block of Orr Springs Road, Ukiah Calif.
When: Date: Time:
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: State of California 951 Low Gap Rd. Ukiah, Calif
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Peter Redheart Kavanaugh 27 yrs Covelo Calif.
         
Written by: Sergeant James VanHagen
Synopsis: On 04/08/2013 at approximately 2315 hrs. deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were on routine patrol in the area of N. State St. and Orr Springs Rd. when they saw a black 1990 Honda Accord traveling at a high rate of speed. As the deputies turned to follow the vehicle it accelerated to speeds of 80 to 90 MPH. The deputies activated their vehicle emergency lights and siren, in an attempt to stop the speeding vehicle and warn others in the area.

The suspect ignored the emergency lights and sirens and continued westbound on Orr Springs Rd. The deputies pursued the suspect vehicle westbound on Orr Springs Rd. at speeds ranging from 70 to 90 MPH. The suspect was speeding, driving recklessly by using both sides of the roadway around blind corners and at one point during the pursuit the suspect vehicle suddenly slammed its brakes on, in an apparent attempt to cause the pursuing deputies to collide with the suspect vehicle. Deputies continued to pursue the suspect vehicle approx. 10 miles west on Orr Springs Rd. when the suspect vehicle suddenly pulled onto a dirt turnout as if it were going to stop. The suspect vehicle failed to stop and turned back eastbound on Orr Springs Rd. with the deputies still in chase.

The California Highway Patrol along with the Ukiah Police Department arrived in the area to assist the Sheriff's Office in the pursuit. The California Highway Patrol attempted to use spike strips to disable the suspect vehicle's tires but the suspect vehicle was able to avoid the spike strips and continue fleeing.

In the area of M.P.M 42.00 on Orr Springs Rd. the suspect lost control of his vehicle which then hit the embankment and came to a stop in the middle of the roadway.

Upon the vehicle coming to a stop, the driver (who was the sole occupant of the vehicle), fled on foot with the deputies in close foot chase. The deputies then deployed a Taser which immediately disabled the suspect and caused him to fall to the ground. The deputies were able to handcuff and secure the suspect without further incident.

The driver was identified as 27 year old Peter "Redheart" Kavanaugh of Covelo, Calif. Kavanaugh stated he was attempting to elude the deputies because he does not have a valid license to drive.

During the investigations Kavanaugh was also found to be under the influence of methamphetamine. He had numerous syringes and a methamphetamine pipe in his possession as well as an imitation firearm (toy gun) that had been altered to look like a real firearm.

Suspect Kavanaugh was arrested, transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center for a medical clearance, and then booked into the Mendocino County Jail on the above listed charges. His bail was set at $25,000.
Approved By: Lieutenant Greg Stefani