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CHP Rescues Two After Late Night Plunge in Icy Waters of Willard Creek

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

A Chester man was taken to Banner Lassen Medical Center for a mental health evaluation after officers of the California Highway Patrol fished him, and a Westwood woman, out of the icy water of Willard Creek late on New Year’s Day.

Just after 10:00p.m. on January 1st, according to the CHP report, a man identified as 44-year old Chester resident Robert Gorbet, and his passenger, were traveling westbound on Highway 36 west of the Highway 44 junction.

Gorbet reportedly stated that there were some vehicles that were trying to get him.

“He turned off his lights so the vehicles that were following him could not see him,” explained CHP Public Information Officer Kristin Wilburn. “The vehicles continued to follow him despite having his lights off.”

In attempt to evade the following vehicles, he sped up to 100mph, with headlights still off.

“He made a sharp left turn onto Willard Creek Road and lost control of his vehicle,” said Wilburn. The 2004 Chevrolet Trail Blazer that Gorbet was driving went off an embankment, collided with a sign, and struck a tree.

After the collision, he and his passenger, identified by CHP as 31-year old Westwood resident Shyla Newby, exited the vehicle and fled westbound on SR-36 to get away from the followers.

“Mr. Gorbet and passenger went into the woods and jumped into the water of Willard Creek. A witness located the couple and notified CHP of their location.”

CHP Officers located the soaked couple nearly 1/2 mile away from the vehicle in 15 degree temperatures.

Gorbet was admitted to Banner Lassen Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.

CHP thanked witnesses who led officers to the couple, along with CALFIRE and SEMSA who responded and assisted during the incident.


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3 Responses to CHP Rescues Two After Late Night Plunge in Icy Waters of Willard Creek

  1. Jeff Fairbank

    Jeff Fairbank

    Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Kelly Fairbank

  2. Darrell Reed

    Darrell Reed

    Thursday, January 10th, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Shalise Reed

  3. Shawna Mari

    Shawna Mari

    Thursday, January 10th, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Tweakers 😂

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