Man faces prison time in chase

Daniel D. Brasel pleaded guilty to leading authorities on a chase last month.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man faces about two years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday afternoon to leading authorities on a 25-minute vehicle chase through Walla Walla and into the county last month.

Daniel D. Brasel, 49, of 121 Malcolm St., entered the guilty plea in Superior Court to the felony charge of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to recommend the low end of the standard sentencing range of 22-29 months he faces based on his criminal record. Sentencing will be held later.

In addition, a misdemeanor charge of third-degree driving while license suspended will be dropped.

Police said an officer tried to stop Brasel's vehicle in the Safeway parking lot at 215 E. Rose Street about 10:35 p.m. Dec. 19 because Brasel's driving status was suspended.

Despite lights and siren from the patrol vehicle, Brasel drove though the parking lot, headed south on Palouse and ultimately south on Howard Street.

"The vehicle came to a dead end in a subdivision, and continued on through a wheat field where it eventually came back to a road," according to a police report filed in court.

The vehicle continued into the county, but stopped at a closed gate across Pike's Peak Road, the police report says.

Brasel was taken into custody about 11 p.m. and booked into the County Jail.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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