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Grass Valley man evades capture in police chase

Joshua Rawlins

A 40-year-old Grass Valley man evaded capture by deputies from the Nevada County Sheriff's Department when he took off on foot after a vehicle pursuit Tuesday morning and is still at large.

Deputies were responding to a 911 call reporting a vehicle break-in at a Grass Valley residence when a nearby patrol car spotted a vehicle that was reported to have left that residence. The driver was identified as Joshua Rawlins, who has two felony warrants out for his arrest, according to Nevada County Sheriff's Department Captain Shannan Moon.

An officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but Rawlins took off down La Barr Meadows Road. The officer chased him for 2.5 miles before deeming the pursuit unsafe because speeds were exceeding 60 mph, according to Moon.

The vehicle was found abandoned in the roadway and officers searched a nearby wooded area, where they suspected Rawlins was hiding but were unsuccessful in locating him.

The Sheriff's Department is asking anyone with information about Rawlins's whereabouts to call 911 immediately.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email mpera@theunion.com or call 530-477-4231.