On April 24, 2023, at about 7:04 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol in the Hoopa area attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a motorcycle in the area of Highway 96 near Big Hill Road. The motorcycle failed to yield, and a pursuit ensued.
Deputies pursued the motorcycle for approximately 1.5 miles. The driver, 51-year-old Clifford Dale Houston, yielded to deputies on Mill Creek Road and was taken into custody without further incident. During a search of Houston incident to arrest, deputies located approximately 1 gram of methamphetamine. Additionally, during their investigation, deputies learned that the motorcycle had been reported stolen out of Eureka.
Houston was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle (PC 496d(a)), flight from a traffic officer (VC 2800.1(a)), possession of a controlled substance (HS 11377(a)) and driving with a suspended license (VC 14601.1(a)) in addition to warrant charges of failure to provide evidence of financial responsibility (VC 16028(a)) and driving with a suspended license – prior conviction (VC 14601.2(a)).
Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call 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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Clifford Dale Houston Booking Photo | Humboldt County Correctional Facility