Walla Walla man sentenced to prison in chase

Daniel D. Brasel fled officers last month after fleeing a traffic stop. His license had been suspended.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man was sentenced Monday afternoon to nearly two years in prison for 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., was ordered to serve one year and 10 months -- the low end of the standard range of 22-29 months he faced.

He was given credit for the 42 days he'd already served in the County Jail.

In handing down the sentence, Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht went along with a prosecution recommendation included in a plea agreement.

Before the sentence was imposed, Brasel's attorney, Gail Siemers, told Schacht that Brasel knows what he did was stupid and impulsive. It was brought on by his "anger at the way the world is run," Siemers said.

Brasel pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

Police said an officer tried to stop Brasel's vehicle in the Safeway parking lot at 215 E. Rose St. 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 jail.

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

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