Suspect sought after police chase in Redway area called off due to unsafe conditions

Suspect's vehicle found with drugs, weapons and cash

Robert Cullen is sought by the sheriff’s office following a pursuit in the Redway area. His car was found later, unoccupied with suspected drugs, cash and weapons in it. (HCSO — Contributed)
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The following is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On November 10, 2019, at about 3:30 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol in the Redway area attempted a traffic stop near Briceland Road on a vehicle driven by wanted felony warrant subject Robert Joseph Cullen. Cullen failed to yield to deputies and a pursuit ensued.

Deputies pursued Cullen on Elk Ridge and Seely Creek roads. During the pursuit Cullen struck multiple patrol vehicles as he evaded deputies. Due to unsafe road conditions, deputies were unable to continue the pursuit, losing sight of the vehicle.

California Highway Patrol officers, a CHP helicopter and the HCSO K9 Unit were deployed to assist in locating Cullen. Deputies located Cullen’s vehicle unoccupied in heavy brush just after 6 p.m. in the Seely Creek area. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located multiple firearms, ammunition and magazines, body armor, a large amount of cash, approximately 148 grams of heroin, approximately 1 pound of methamphetamine, approximately 23 pounds of cannabis packaged for sales, prescription medications and materials consistent with the sale of controlled substances.

Deputies conducted an extensive search of the surrounding area but were unable to locate Cullen.

Cullen is described as a white male adult, 30 years old, approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is believed to be armed and dangerous. If you see Cullen, do not approach him, but call 9-1-1.

Anyone with information regarding Cullen’s whereabouts should contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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