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Posted: Friday, September 16, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:19 am, Fri Sep 16, 2011.

A driver who allegedly ran from police during a traffic stop was taken into custody after a brief pursuit Thursday afternoon.

Brian George Biehl, 35, was arrested on the 600 block of Carlo Way for attempting to flee from police, after being pulled over for having his front windows tinted, said Motor Officer Brian Freeman of the Lodi Police Department. The chase began shortly after 3 p.m.

“He turned down Carlo and was starting to back out of a parking lot when I came up behind him,” Freeman said. “He then put his truck in drive and rammed into a fence.”

Biehl exited the vehicle and was patted down by Freeman, but broke free as another officer approached and hopped the fence of a residence across the street, police said. Although Biehl is not on parole or probation, Freeman said he believes the subject ran because he felt a baggie in his pants possibly containing drugs during the search.

Police closed off Carlo Way to traffic for 30 minutes while they searched for the subject. He was found in a house belonging to a friend of his, police said. No narcotics were on him when he was taken into custody, but several empty dime bags were found in his truck, Freeman said.

Biehl was taken into custody without incident, police said, but he did sustain a minor wound on his leg from hopping fences. His injury did not warrant medical attention, Freeman said.

Biehl was arrested for obstructing an officer, hit and run with property damage and operating a vehicle with obstructed windows.

Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at jordang@lodinews.com.

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