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Search for driver after chase

MARIPOSA -- One man was arrested and the second is the subject of a countywide dragnet following a near head-on accident and the pursuit of a stolen car in the Lushmeadows area of Mariposa County.

Brandon Bailey, 25 of Clovis, was treated at John C. Fremont Hospital in Mariposa and was due to be booked into Mariposa County Jail on charges of resisting arrest, receiving stolen property and auto theft, said Sgt. Edward Greene of the Mariposa California Highway Patrol office.

Bailey was the passenger in a stolen 1990 Nissan Pathfinder sport-utility vehicle that led CHP officer Tracy Ross and Mariposa County Undersheriff Doug Binnewies on a high-speed chase on winding Triangle Road before crashing into a pine tree.

After the crash demolished the Nissan, which was registered in the Fresno area, the driver escaped into the thick underbrush, leading officers on a three-mile chase. Bailey is believed to have hit his head on the windshield.

An early 1900s hunting rifle, bottles of champagne, brandy and tequila along with burglary tools were found in the Nissan and were believed to have been used in a burglary in the Mariposa area.

A Modesto-area CHP canine and an airplane continued to search for the SUV's driver, described as a man about 25 with a shaved head, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds.

Oakhurst CHP officers and Mariposa County sheriff's deputies also were involved in the chase that began about noon, Greene said.

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