Sacto 9-1-1
April 18, 2011
Smartsville car theft suspect arrested after fall

The California Highway Patrol has arrested a man from Smartville who they say fell from a razor-wire topped fence when he tried to flee.

The CHP said they had been looking for Donald Harter Likens, 22, of Smartsville, Yuba County, for a number of vehicle thefts. He was also wanted for outstanding warrants in Yuba and Nevada counties.

An officer spotted him Saturday morning in Linda. After a short vehicle pursuit, Likens got out of his vehicle at a levee near Park Avenue. A foot chase began as other CHP and Yuba County Sheriff's deputies moved in.

A CHP aircraft directed officers to a spot where Likens might be hiding and just before a police dog started to sniff around the area, Likens allegedly ran from the area. He then scaled a wooden fence with razor wire on top, a CHP press release stated.

At the top, the fence broke and Likens fell about a dozen feet to the ground. He got up and ran again, this time toward another CHP officer, according to the release.

Ordered to stop running and get on the ground, Likens allegedly failed to comply twice, the CHP said. He was then hit with a Taser before being taken into custody.

Two Yuba County deputies sustained moderate injuries. They were transported to the hospital.

Likens was also taken to the hospital for injuries suffered in his fall from the fence. He was eventually cleared by medical staff and booked into jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, evading and resisting arrest, driving on a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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