Attempted murder suspect arrested after high speed chase

Jan 7, 2015 6:10 PM by News Staff

A Tehama County man accused of trying to kill his estranged wife and mother-in-law with a hammer last month was arrested Wednesday after a police pursuit ended in a crash.

According to Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston, the sheriff's office received several tips on the location of 55-year-old Mark Brewer. Just as deputies were surrounding the home they believed Brewer was hiding out in, he took off, leading authorities on a chase at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

The chase took place in a rural area south of Bowman Road and ended when Brewer lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a telephone pole in the front yard of a residence. Johnston says Brewer was taken out of the vehicle at gunpoint. Tehama County authorities had information that Brewer had stated he would not go back to prison.

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office had back up today from the California Highway Patrol, and The Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Officials have considered Mark Brewer armed and dangerous since December 27 when he allegedly broke into the Cottonwood home that he and his soon-to-be ex-wife Candi Brewer had shared, and attacked her and her 74-year-old mother in the head and upper body with a hammer.

Mark Brewer suffered injuries in the crash and was released to a local hospital, he will be booked into the Tehama County Jail when he is discharged from the hospital.


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