CHP press release
On June 5, 2017, at approximately 0944 hours, CHP Bishop Communication Center received a call from two female hikers who reported a solo white male on the Lower Rock Creek Trail without a shirt or shoes and had a disheveled look.
The person matched the description of the suspect – identified as Zachary Gene Brummett, age 25 of Bakersfield – who was involved in a pursuit with Bishop CHP units on June 3, 2017. Multiple personnel from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department and Bishop CHP Area office responded to the location.
Two personnel from Mono County Sheriff’s Department located the suspect just off of the Lower Rock Creek Trail about 3 1/2 miles from the bottom of the trail.
With a CHP helicopter overhead, two Mono County Deputies were able to take the suspect into custody at 1110 hours.
Additional personnel from Mono County Sheriff’s Department and Bishop CHP Area arrived on scene. Due to the suspect being dehydrated and had suffered injuries to his feet, the CHP helicopter airlifted the suspect to a waiting deputy who transported him to Northern Inyo Hospital.
CHP personnel took custody of the suspect who was positively identified as the suspect from a pursuit on June 3, 2017. The suspect was booked into Mono County Jail for multiple violations and an outstanding warrant.
On June 3, 2017, at approximately 1823 hours, CHP Officer Rabe attempted to stop a black Chrysler 300 sedan traveling n/b on US-395 south of Warm Springs Rd. for 115 MPH.
The vehicle continued at high speed, and a pursuit ensued. After entering the city limits of Bishop at high rate of speed, Officer Rabe discontinued the pursuit due to risk to the public in a high vehicle and pedestrian traffic area.
A second CHP unit, Officer Sweet, was positioned on the north end of Bishop. Officer Sweet saw the vehicle n/b on US-395 at Brockman Lane traveling 81 MPH in a posted 35 MPH zone.
Officer Sweet attempted to stop the vehicle and another pursuit was initiated. Sergeant Lomenick, #17673, joined the pursuit and became the secondary unit.
The vehicle continued n/b for approximately 18 miles with speeds reaching approximately 115 MPH.
The suspect made a left across s/b US-395 and began traveling w/b on Forest Service Road 5S105 where he immediately lost control of the vehicle and went airborne, disabling his vehicle.
The driver subsequently took foot bail in a westerly direction and was pursued on foot by CHP officers.
Both Mono County Sheriffs and Inyo County Sheriffs also responded to the scene and assisted with a perimeter and subsequent sweep of the area in an attempt to locate the driver.
Despite the exhaustive search efforts in the area by all agencies, the driver remains at large.
Officer Sweet is the investigating officer and has several leads to the identity of the driver. During the foot pursuit, Officer Rabe suffered moderate injuries. Sergeant Lomenick transported Officer Rabe to Northern Inyo Hospital were he was treated and released for his injuries.