Man with Felony Warrants Reportedly Leads Petaluma Police on High-Speed Pursuit
A high-speed chase that lasted for approximately 5.7 miles ended in the arrest of Brandon Conwell, a resident of Vacaville, on Sunday, March 5, 2023, according to a press release by the Petaluma Police Department.
The chase began when a Petaluma Patrol Officer attempted to stop Conwell’s vehicle for multiple alleged vehicle code violations.
Police say the officer activated the emergency lights of the patrol vehicle and Conwell appeared to yield by pulling into a small shopping center. However, he then slowly made his way through the parking lot and did not yield. When the officer activated the patrol vehicle’s siren, Conwell allegedly failed to yield and fled at a high rate of speed.
Conwell reportedly continued northbound on Old Redwood Highway to Cotati and was forced to reduce his speed due to traffic. As he turned onto Gilbert Court, Cotati, he lost control of his vehicle, causing it to fishtail, and a Petaluma Patrol vehicle collided with the rear driver’s side quarter panel of the vehicle.
Conwell then exited the vehicle and fled on foot to the Walgreen’s shopping center, where he was detained by a Petaluma Patrol Officer. The officer was assisted by officers from Cotati PD and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office personnel. A female passenger was detained at the vehicle and later released.
Medics responded to the scene, but cleared out after determining no significant medical aid was necessary, police said.
Conwell reportedly complained of an unidentified medical ailment, but was medically cleared and later booked at the Main Adult Detention Facility on suspicion of evading officers, obstructing/resisting peace officers, and felony possession of stolen property.
He was also determined to be on active Solano County PRCS (probation) and had two active felony warrants for his arrest.