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Driver in pursuit flashed fake FBI badge

A deputy walks away from an Audi on Friday after driving it out of the road.
Kurt Hildebrand

A man attempting to flee deputies on Friday tried to flash a fake Federal Bureau of Investigation badge to get them to back off.

Fabian Eloy Campos, 39, appeared on video in East Fork Justice Court on Monday, where he claimed that he worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that he tried to identify himself as a federal agent to deputies.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Campos allegedly used the badge to take the Audi out of a Los Angeles repair shop on April 29. Video from that case shows a man resembling Campos, Undersheriff Ron Elges said Wednesday.

Ventura County deputies tried to stop the red Audi later that day, but decided to stop pursuit for safety’s sake.

Campos is being held in lieu of $100,000 cash bail after being pulled out of the Audi after Friday’s chase.

A pursuit intervention technique was used to stop him at Highway 395 and Johnson Lane.

Attorney Maria Pence was appointed to represent Campos and another hearing was set.

“His criminal history was so long we were unable to get through it all this morning,” Prosecutor A.J. Hames told East Fork Justice of the Peace Cassandra Jones on Monday.

Hames said Campos had a half-dozen prior felonies, including possession of a stolen vehicle.

Campos was arrested around 12:15 p.m. Friday after the red Audi was spotted southbound on Highway 395 near Carson City a half-hour earlier.

The pursuit reached speeds of 90 mph southbound on Highway 395 before turning up Johnson Lane.

Campos drove up Johnson Lane to the sandpits and then turned back.

A sheriff’s patrol vehicle, which tried to stop Campos, was struck at Fremont and Johnson Lane. Campos continued down Johnson Lane where deputies bumped him, knocking the Audi off the road.

All the damaged vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Campos is facing charges of eluding a police officer, possession of stolen vehicle, resisting a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon and reckless driving.

An 18-year-old Carson City man arrested Saturday after trying to flee deputies also appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Monday.

Clayton James Enox faces a felony eluding charge after he tried to outrun authorities in a 1999 gold Oldsmobile.

A deputy spotted the Oldsmobile near Waterloo and Centerville lanes in Gardnerville with fictitious plates and activated his lights.

The sedan sped up to 65 mph and then turned down Centerville toward the Gardnerville Ranchos. The Oldsmobile lost a front tire and kept driving on the rim down Riverview past Carson Valley Golf Course. The sedan lost a second tire and kept driving on rims south. Because Enox could not maintain higher speeds deputies were able to box in the sedan before knocking it into a ditch south of Rockbottom Road.

Enox acknowledged that he is on juvenile parole and was being sought for not checking in with authorities.

“This is not my first time going through the process,” he said on Monday.

Attorney Kristine Brown was appointed to represent Enox in court.