FAIRFIELD — A parolee who authorities say cut off and trashed his GPS locator ankle bracelet monitor made his first court appearance Wednesday since he was arrested after a high-speed chase that ended with him wrecking his vehicle.
Brian M. Duvauchelle, 41, was spotted leaving a home on Meadowlark Drive around 11 a.m. Monday. Duvauchelle, a convicted rapist, had been on the lam since January when parole agents discovered he had removed the GPS device he was required to wear as a condition of his being paroled from prison.
Duvauchelle was sent to prison in 2011 for his role in the torture and beating death of 50-year-old Ricky V. Meyi at a 2008 house party in Vallejo. Meyi’s badly burned and decomposed body was found a few weeks after his disappearance in a ditch alongside a dirt road south of Dixon.
A police informant told authorities about where Duvauchelle was hiding out. A special enforcement team of Solano County Sheriff’s Office deputies was waiting for him when he was seen driving away from the home. The deputies tried to make a traffic stop but Duvauchelle had other ideas, taking off on a high-speed chase through Fairfield and into Vacaville with speeds reaching up to 90 mph, according to a press release.
After a few minutes and about six miles, the chase ended abruptly at the corner of Foxboro Parkway and Westgate Drive, where Duvauchelle lost control of his vehicle and plowed into a cinderblock wall. He was arrested and booked into the jail on suspicion of evading police, hit-and-run and violating the terms of his parole.
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