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By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY —A Leon County man is in custody after a car chase reaching speeds of more than 100 mph ended after deputies shot out the vehicle’s tires and a short foot chase.

Brandon Yates, 36, has been taking into custody by TCSO deputies on multiple charges, including aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault causing bodily injury and burglary of a habitation. Additionally, he reportedly was in violation of several court orders and parole requirements.

Yates allegedly had taken a baseball bat and assaulted a woman.

According to Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace, Leon County officials put out a wanted poster and reached out to surrounding counties to be on the lookout for Yates, who was considered to be armed and dangerous.

Yates had been seen in Polk County, where he ran from law enforcement officials, Wallace said. Then, on March 28, Yates tried to escape arrest in a vehicle down FM 356 near Trinity.

Numerous cars were forced off the road by Yates’ driving, so Investigator Alissa White shot out one of the tires of the vehicle; Wallace said even after the tire was shot, Yates continued fleeing at speeds of more than 80 mph on the rim.

Sgt. Richard Harrelson then used the pit maneuver, using his patrol truck to ram the back of Yates’ vehicle causing it to crash into the ditch. Wallace said that Yates then fled on foot, where he learned that Harrelson’s reputation of chasing criminals down on foot wasn’t just a rumor.

“Deputies with TCSO are trained to get fleeing subjects off the road quickly, using any means necessary before they can get into populated areas, run red lights or stop signs and hurt innocent people,” Wallace said. “Wanted felons, especially those who are violent and have a history of fleeing, will be captured if at all possible before they can victimize anyone else.”

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