Orange man jailed after high speed chase
Thursday, March 1, at about 1:49 am, Officer James Roy was on patrol in the 1500 block of 16th St. when he observed a black Cadillac STS exit the Valero station without its headlights on.
The Cadillac had extremely dark window tint. Officer Roy attempted to stop the Cadillac, the driver, who was identified as Brandon Denard Amie, 20, of Orange, pulled into the parking lot of Jerry Hughes Realty, and began to slowly drive around the back of the business. Officer Roy sounded the siren as the Cadillac continued to “slow roll” through the parking lot, and then began traveling south on 16th St.
Police continued to follow the Cadillac, which then picked up speed. Dispatch was advised that Officer Roy was now in pursuit of the Cadillac, which then turned into the EZ Pawn parking lot in the 1100 block of 16th St.
The vehicle then exited the EZ Pawn parking lot onto W. John Ave., and sped up to 65 mph. Amie disregarded the stop sign at N.10th St and W. John Ave., and another at N. 8th St and W. John Ave.
The vehicle then turned onto N. 3rd St., and sped up to over 80 mph in a 30 mph zone. Another stop sign was disregarded at N. 3rd and W. Burton Ave., then turned east on Knox Ave., and then north on N. 2nd St.
The vehicle finally made it to a residence in the 300 block of Decatur Ave., and Amie opened the door and began to exit the vehicle. Officer Roy blocked the driver’s door from fully opening with his patrol car, to prevent Amie from fleeing,
The Cadillac then sped off traveling north between the house and fence, with police in pursuit. Officer Roy temporarily lost control of his vehicle when the alley he was traveling in was saturated in mud. Officer McDonald them took lead in the pursuit and Officer Roy joined back in.
Amie drove to the dead end of N. 2nd St., exited the vehicle and fled on foot to the west. Officer McDonald caught up with the suspect and tased him to stop him from running any further. He was taken into custody at this time.
Officer Davis was also on the scene and located a male passenger in the vehicle, who was identified as Hugh Warnell, 23, also of Orange. Warnell was released at the scene.
When questioned, Amie told police that he ran because he didn’t have a driver’s license. He was transported to the Orange County Jail and released to jail staff.
One of the police vehicles’ tires and rims were damaged in the pursuit.