An armed man was chased and arrested in downtown San Rafael early this morning, police said. Officers responded to a report of a man driving a silver Buick and brandishing a handgun at about 12:45 a.m., according to the San Rafael Police Department. Police located the suspect – later identified as 20-year-old Derrell Bland – near Fifth Street and initiated a pursuit. Trying to evade police, Bland allegedly sideswiped a car parked on Cijos Street and crashed into a tree on Lootens Place, police said. Following a brief pursuit on foot, Bland was taken into custody, police said. A loaded revolver was found in a discarded coat near the suspect’s Buick. About 200 people attending a dance party in a Masonic hall on Lootens Place came outside and began yelling at the officers attempting to take Bland into custody, police said. Deputies from the Marin County Sheriff’s Department and a K-9 unit from Novato police responded to help disperse the crowd. Bland was booked at Marin County Jail for carrying a loaded handgun, brandishing a firearm, evading police, hit and run and violation of probation.
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