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Pursuit Ends In Arrest

Several local law enforcement agencies were involved in a vehicle pursuit early Sunday morning.

According to information released by the El Centro Police Department , shortly before 7:00 a.m. ,  the California Highway Patrol had a report of a man in a black Saturn sedan brandishing a handgun in the area of Interstate 8 and Forrester Road. The car exited Interstate 8 at 4th Street in El Centro and El Centro police went to check the area. Shortly after 7:00 a.m. , Officer Michael Seaman saw the car getting on to Interstate 8 eastbound. Officer Seaman attempted to stop the Saturn but the driver refused to yield and continued eastbound on the freeway at a moderate rate of speed. The driver , later identified as 26-year old Bryan David Rainbolt  of Norco , California , did stop just east of Dogwood Road. Rainbolt got out of the car and placed a bible on the roadway. He than refused verbal commands to get on the ground , got back in the vehicle and continued eastbound with officers in pursuit. The Saturn next stopped on the freeway off ramp to northbound Highway 111. Rainbolt got out of the car again , but refused to comply with commands to get on the ground. He got back in the car and continued north on Highway 111 for a short distance until CHP officers successfully  deployed spike strips , incapacitating the car. Rainbolt again exited the car and initially complied with commands to get on the ground but than began to stand up. Officers , concerned that Rainbolt may still be armed , deployed an El Centro police dog to subdue Rainbolt. He was than taken into custody , treated for a dog bite and booked into Imperial County Jail. Rainbolt faces charges of felony evading and resisting and obstructing police officers.