A story making the rounds from the weekend for obvious reasons concerns a 51-year-old woman wanted for a parole violation who led the Redding Police Department and Shasta County Sheriff's Department on a high-speed chase in a minivan painted to look like the famed Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo. It was not exactly the most incognito way to avoid police attention, and thus Sharon Kay Turman was not hard to spot after the Shasta County Probation Department contacted police in order to locate her on Sunday afternoon, as KRCR originally reported. Actually apprehending her, however, turned out to be a challenge.
At speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, Turman fled from a traffic stop in Redding and led authorities on a chase from Highway 237 to Interstate 5. Police ended the chase at one point after she allegedly blew several red lights and hit four other cars, and was posing a danger to the public.
The distinctly painted 1994 Chrysler Town & County minivan was then spotted by a CHP helicopter heading west on Highway 36, and she then was seen abandoning the vehicle in northwestern Tehama County, according to CBS News. Turman then escaped and her whereabouts are unknown.
Police are still looking for her, and you can see what she looks like at right if you happen to be in Northern California and see her. Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is should contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200, or Secret Witness of Shasta County at (530) 243-2319.