The California Highway Patrol with the assistance of the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office apprehended a man on car theft charges on Saturday after a car chase and brief manhunt.

Sgt. Rick Thoma of the California Highway Patrol said officers initially saw Derrick Norris, 25, of Crescent City at a stop sign on U.S. Highway 101 just north of Dr. Fine Bridge.

When Norris noticed the patrol car, he backed up and drove in the other direction Thoma said. When the patrol car began following Norris, he sped up to around 80 miles per hour, giving reason to pull him over, Thoma said.

Norris ignored CHP's attempts to stop the vehicle, which turned out to be stolen, leading officers on a chase off of Highway 101 on Rowdy Creek Road, where he abandoned the vehicle about eight miles from the highway and attempted to flee on foot Thoma said.

With the assistance of the Sheriff's Office, Norris was found in the woods roughly 30 minutes after he departed from his vehicle Thoma said.

Norris was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner's consent and theft or extortion involving a motor vehicle, both felonies. He was also charged with resisting a public officer, failure to obey a peace officer and an amended count of reckless driving, all misdemeanors.

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