Reporting Nick Janes
YUBA (CBS13) – He’s a parolee with a history of running from the cops, and has been in and out of jail like a revolving door. Now he’s behind bars, again, after allegedly leading deputies on another chase.
Dub a “frequent flyer,” he’s certainly no stranger to Sutter County Jail and he’s back yet again, after another unsuccessful attempt, deputies say, to outrun them during a chase.
Investigators say Brandon Neel ran a stop sign early Monday and refused to stop for the deputy trying to pull him over. He allegedly ran a few more stop signs before ditching his dirt bike at a Yuba City apartment complex.
Neel was caught and cuffed, and it’s hardly the first time.
“I heard some cops holler ‘get down or we’ll shoot,’ ” neighbor Mary Baugh said.
At just 28 years old, deputies say Neel has been arrested 14 times, and in and out of jail and prison since 1999.
Some might say he’s has a bad habit, a history of fighting with or running from the police.
“That’s not cool. He shouldn’t be let out if he’s running from the cops,” said Angela Landaverde, who witnessed Neel’s latest arrest. “You don’t know what he’s capable of doing to the next people.”
In 2004, 2005 and 2006, Neel was booked for resisting arrest. Deputies say he was drunk two of those times.
The first police pursuit came in 2008. Two years later, there was another chase that investigators say ended with Neel ramming a sheriff’s car. He served two years for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer before being paroled in July 2012.
Now, Neel is facing another alleged chase, and more time spent behind bars.
“I guess keep him locked up, then he won’t be able to run no more,” said Baugh.
Neel’s staying put for now and could be for quite some time. He could be headed back to prison after allegedly violating his parole.
Neel is being held on $50,000 bail in Sutter County on charges of evading police, driving with a suspended license, and violating his parole.