The driver, later identified as Paul Force, age 39, did not yield to the officer, who was notified that the vehicle was reported stolen from a Lithia dealership.
Additional officers from Fortuna and Rio Dell joined the pursuit, and a Fortuna patrol car was damaged when Force attempted a U-turn on the freeway. The officer was not injured.
After turning onto Shively Road Force lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch. He attempted to flee on foot, and officers used a taser on him twice before he was taken into custody._
Force was treated at Redwood Memorial Hospital for minor injuries and booked into the Humboldt County jail on suspicion of auto theft, felony pursuit and resisting arrest. A Fortuna police officer sustained a minor injury to his leg during the foot pursuit.