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* Gabriel Gomez and Jeffrey Brents arrested for alleged auto burglaries following pursuit with Monterey County sheriff’s deputies

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Monterey County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday arrested two men suspected in a series of auto burglaries. Shortly before noon, deputies tried to pull over a 1992 black Honda Accord near Via Petra and Carmel Valley Road in Carmel.Instead of stopping, the driver, whom deputies later identified as 29-year-old Gabriel Gomez, sped east on Carmel Valley Road with Jeffrey Brents, 44, in the passenger seat, according to the sheriff’s office.

Gomez led deputies on a high-speed chase until the Accord drove onto the shoulder of the road,went out of control, struck an embankment and came to rest on the opposite side of the roadway, sheriff’s officials said.After the crash, Brents exited the car and ran into a nearby park, investigators said. Deputies caught him near the outskirts of the park.

Brents and Gomez were arrested and booked into Monterey County Jail. Deputies found Brents and Gomez to be in possession of items stolen in the auto burglaries, which occurred in the area of state Highway 1 and Point Lobos, according to the sheriff’s office. Both were determined to be on probation.The sheriff’s office is asking any auto burglary victims in that area to contact the Coastal Station office at (831) 647-7702.

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