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Sebastopol man arrested after 30-mile car chase

A driver suspected of being drunk led Sebastopol police on a 30-mile chase late Saturday night before he was apprehended.

A Sebastopol police officer was on his way to help another officer conducting a DUI investigation when he saw someone drive through a stop sign and almost hit a patrol car near Valentine Avenue in Sebastopol, according to dispatch records.

At about 10:42 p.m., the officer tried to pull over the car, which was driven by Brian Holt, 22, of Sebastopol, according to a news release issued by Sgt. David Ginn.

But Holt refused to stop, initiating a pursuit by Sebastopol police, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office and California State Parks, Ginn said.

The chase reached speeds of up to 90 mph, Ginn said. Officers set down spike strips in the road to stop the car, but Holt continued driving on the rims of his tires before being cut off on Highway 1 just north of Russian Gulch Beach.

Holt's blood alcohol level was about .17 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent, Ginn said. Police arrested him without incident.


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