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Authorities: Vehicle pursuit in Napa ends with arrest

Authorities: Vehicle pursuit in Napa ends with arrest


A driver was arrested after a brief chase through a Napa neighborhood early Saturday morning, according to the Napa County Sheriff's Office.

At about 12:30 a.m., a sheriff's deputy tried to stop a pickup truck driven by 49-year-old Eric Anthony Branan for a vehicle violation at Wilkins and Shetler avenues, but the driver failed to yield and instead turned off his headlights and sped up, according to Deputy Jerry Bohlander. The pickup then reached 80 mph on residential streets with a 30 mph limit, driving through stop signs and over a dip in the pavement, Bohlander said.

Later, Branan, who has no listed address, pulled up on Seville Street and ran into the yard of a nearby home before the deputy finally detained him, according to Bohlander. He was booked into the Napa County jail on a felony allegation of failing to yield to a peace officer, as well as for three counts of violating his probation.

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Howard Yune covers public safety for the Napa Valley Register. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.

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