Man wanted in pursuit apprehended

By Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate January 15, 2013 02:16 pm

Authorities arrested during a traffic stop Monday a local man who was sought in connection with an October pursuit.

David Schumack, 28, was arrested on two warrants that included reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and evading a peace officer.

He was also arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine, transporting methemphetamine, possessing paraphernalia and possessing a firearm as a result of a search during Monday’s traffic stop, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Morris.

Schumack is suspected of being involved in an October pursuit that started after a sheriff’s deputy made contact with Schumack and Bianca Welton outside a house owned by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on the 3300 block of Lake Earl Drive.

Welton was trying to distract the deputy as Schumack backed out of the driveway, authorities said.

The deputy began pursuing Schumack toward Crescent City and Welton hopped in another vehicle and began following the pursuit before a Crescent City Police officer got in line behind her vehicle, authorities said.

Welton turned onto Washington Boulevard, eventually crashing off the north entry ramp onto U.S. Highway 101 before being apprehended by officers, authorities said.

Schumack was able to evade capture by bailing out of his still-moving vehicle on a private dirt road, authorities said.

On Monday, Heather Arnold, 20, and Jake M. Dionne, 22, were also arrested on suspicion of the same drug-related charges as Schumack.

Arnold was driving the vehicle Schumack was found in, and Dionne was another passenger.

Arnold and Dionne were booked and released from the Del Norte County Jail, and Schumack was held in custody on a $35,000 bond.

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