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Suspects chased down Christmas Day

(Imperial man takes Brawley woman on a wild ride)….Both wind up in jail Christmas Day.

Police say 28-year-old Johnny Tapia is suspected of stealing a car in Brawley. The vehicle was spotted by Imperial Police, who coordinated with El Centro Police in an attempt to detain the vehicle. A chase through El Centro led police to an area near Ocotillo Drive and Cottonwood Circle. Tapia then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Police caught him at the corner of Allen and Southwind. Tapia was arrested and booked into County Jail, charged with vehicle theft, felony evading, and providing false information to police. A passenger in the vehicle, 23-year-old Serina Martinez of Brawley, was also arrested. She was charged with vehicle theft.