May 10, 2016
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Byran Hill, 43, the wanted man who allegedly evaded capture last month after attempting to strike Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputies with his vehicle in the Tara Hills area, was finally arrested in Crockett last week following yet another getaway attempt where he nearly drove into several deputies, authorities said Tuesday.

On April 12, Hill was spotted entering a stolen vehicle in the Tara Hills area. During the ensuing pursuit, he switched vehicles and allegedly attempted to drive backwards into several officers and a police canine before successfully getting away, the sheriff’s office said. The vehicle was later found in Oakland, but Hill remained outstanding until his arrest last week.

Hill’s freedom would end in Crockett on May 4, when deputies surrounded a home he was inside at 4:18 p.m.

“As deputies surrounded the home, Hill ran into a vehicle and nearly hit several deputies as he fled,” the sheriff’s office said. “Hill’s car became disabled after hitting a patrol car. He then took off on foot.”

A police K-9 was deployed and caught Hill, who was taken into custody, deputies said.

Two deputies were treated at the hospital for injuries sustained during the arrest.

Hill is currently being held at the Martinez Detention Facility on charges including stolen vehicle, felony evasion, assault with a deadly weapon and obstructing/resisting an executive officer.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.