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* Vacaville Bank Robber Suspect James A. Blankenship Arrested After Alleged Chase on Highway 80

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A man suspected of robbing a US Bank in Vacaville Monday afternoon was taken into custody by the California Highway Patrol after a high-speed pursuit on Interstate Highway 80.  James A. Blankenship, 27, of Vacaville, allegedly entered the bank at 367 Merchant St. at about 2:40 p.m. and gave a teller a note demanding money, Vacaville police Sgt. Jeff King said.  Blankenship left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and drove off in a red PT Cruiser headed toward westbound Highway 80, King said. A Vacaville police officer tried to stop the PT Cruiser at Highway 80 and Merchant Street but Blankenship sped away, King said.  The CHP chased the vehicle on Highway 80 at speeds of more than 90 mph until Blankenship lost control of the car and drove off the road near state Highway 37 in Vallejo, King said.  The CHP took Blankenship into custody and turned him over to Vacaville police, King said. Blankenship was booked into Solano County jail on charges of bank robbery and evading police, King said.

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