YUCCA VALLEY — A parolee with a history of burglary and assault convictions led sheriff’s deputies on a car and foot chase Tuesday morning, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
A news release states sheriff’s deputies tried to pull over Nathan Brown, 33, of Yucca Valley, driving a white Ford Explorer with expired registration at 8:06 a.m. at Joshua Lane and Onaga Trail.
Brown allegedly drove east on Onaga Trail reaching speeds over 85 mph. With him in the SUV were a man and woman, Bronte Granell and Marcus Baker, both also Yucca Valley residents.
Deputies chased them over several miles through Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree, where Brown eventually stopped in the 7800 block of Outpost Road due to vehicle malfunctions, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
When the chase stopped, deputies detained Granell and Baker, but Brown reportedly ran. Deputies chased him and found him in a large tree in the 61000 block of Onaga Trail.
Deputies said they found “copious amounts” of suspected methamphetamines inside Brown’s Ford Explorer and in the area where he ran. Brown also had large denominations of U.S. currency, scales and baggies that investigators said were consistent with sales of illegal narcotics.
Granell allegedly also had suspected methamphetamine.
She and Brown were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.
Granell is being held on a charge of drug transportation. She was sentenced to five years of probation in May for committing fraud to get government aid and is now accused of violating that probation. She is due in court Thursday and Friday.
Brown is due in court Thursday to face charges of evading the police with a disregard for public safety and transporting drugs. He is being held without bail because he is also accused of violating the terms of his previous release from jail.
In May, he pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer and disobeying a court order, both misdemeanors, and was sentenced to 25 days in county jail.
In 2015, he pleaded guilty to a felony count of threatening death or great injury and was sentenced to seven years in prison, with eligibility for parole.
He has also been convicted of felony drug possession in 2011, receiving stolen property in 2009, vehicle theft in 2005, burglary in 2004 and assault with a deadly weapon in 2003.
Granell has also been convicted of misdemeanor theft from an elderly or dependent adult in 2018; a judge ordered her at the time to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings as part of her sentence. Her other convictions include petty theft in 2014.