An Atascadero Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for traveling at an unsafe speed on El Camino Real at approximately 8:26 this morning, but the vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.
APD officers pursued the vehicle north on Highway 101 along with the officers from the California Highway Patrol. The CHP air operations unit also assisted. After pursuing the suspects for 53 miles, the CHP’s successful deployment of a spike strip helped to bring the pursuit to an end just south of King City. The pursuit lasted for approximately 31 minutes. Speeds during the pursuit reached nearly 130 mph.
Two suspects were taken into custody and booked at county jail. Driver, Jeffrey Branes, 37, was charged with felony evading an officer and a parole warrant. Passenger, Crystallynn Burgess, 39, was charged with a violation of probation terms.