Fugitive Brice Peeler arrested after pursuit | TheUnion.com

Fugitive Brice Peeler arrested after pursuit

A Nevada County man who had been on the lam for two weeks after he allegedly pointed a gun at another man’s head was arrested after a “short pursuit” in Sacramento County Wednesday afternoon.

Local law enforcement had been on the lookout for Brice Peeler, 29, who was described as “armed and dangerous” after the Sept. 5 incident.

The victim said he had been walking home in Penn Valley at about 1 a.m. when he was accosted by Peeler, who reportedly appeared to be high on methamphetamine and who pulled out a gun.

Peeler then allegedly pointed the gun at the victim’s head and told him to leave. Peeler then fled in a vehicle that had been in the area, according to the victim.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department was called in to assist after information was received that Peeler might be in the Citrus Heights area, said Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Ramos.

Deputies from that department’s Major Crimes Unit went to locate Peeler Wednesday and saw him in a van with two women at about 1:30 p.m., Ramos said.

Peeler allegedly realized he was being followed and tried to flee. “He knew the gig was up,” Ramos said.

Peeler reportedly drove the van at about 70 mph down residential streets before he crashed it a short time later.

“He jumped out of the van with a handgun and ran,” Ramos said. “But he was apprehended quickly, and we recovered the gun we believed he dropped as he ran.”

Peeler’s two passengers also fled, Ramos said; one was apprehended at the scene, and the other was located later in Antelope. One of the women was arrested but pending charges, and their identities were not available as of press time. Ramos did not know if Peeler would face any additional charges out of Sacramento County. He recently served prison time for stabbing and robbing a 45-year-old man in 2009.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.

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