Trial vacated by guilty plea in high-speed chase

Brandon Brown

Brandon Brown

A trial for the subject of a high-speed chase down Highway 395 between Waterloo Lane and Riverview was vacated on Tuesday after he admitted to felony attempt to elude a peace officer.

Under an agreement, Brandon P. Brown, 33, faces 14-36 months in prison and will not seek probation.

Other charges in the Feb. 15 pursuit will be dropped. Brown could face up to six years in prison and a $5,000 fine at his June 6 sentencing.

Brown, 33, is facing a charge of attempted eluding of a peace officer. A May 10-12 trial was set.

Brown was arrested after he was spotted in Gardnerville by a deputy who knew he didn’t have a valid license, according to court documents.

The pursuit down Highway 395 allegedly reached speeds of 114 mph before Brown turned onto Riverview and entered the Ranchos. Rather than continue into the crowded neighborhoods deputies broke off the pursuit but were able to locate Brown after he called his girlfriend in the jail.

• Probation was revoked Monday for a Lovelock woman who violated her probation on two felony cases.

Celia May Doyal, 27, was ordered to serve two 12-30-month sentences simultaneously for vehicle theft and battery on a prisoner.

She was sentenced to probation in August 2022 but failed on a half-dozen nontechnical violations, according to a Nov. 16, 2022, report from Parole & Probation. She was arrested last month and convicted in Lovelock of misdemeanor obstructing.

She was given credit for 248 days time served.

• It took a lot, but on Monday a Carson City man managed to get himself sentenced to prison for shoplifting.

Miguel Lawrence Padilla, 35, admitted to two counts of burglary of a business in connection with thefts from Famous Footwear and the Topsy Walmart.

“He has a fairly long criminal history,” attorney Matthew Ence acknowledged. “But for that, this would have been a misdemeanor shoplifting.”

Prosecutor James Sibley said Padilla had 21 prior crimes and had been to prison four times in asking for a suspended 2-4 year sentence with six months in jail.

Finding Padilla was not a good candidate for probation, District Judge Tom Gregory sentenced Padilla to 12-30 months in prison and a $1,000 fine. He was remanded to the custody of the sheriff’s office.


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