Auburn man arrested with methamphetamine after chase Downtown

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An Auburn man remained in custody Thursday morning after a short chase led him and officers to Central Square Wednesday night, where he was arrested. At approximately 10:45 p.m. Wednesday an Auburn police officer recognized Neal John Bugnatto, 28, as a local wanted person, according to Sgt. Victor Pecoraro. Officers contacted Bugnatto on High Street near Cleveland Avenue, where he gave them a fake name before running away, Pecoraro said. According to Pecoraro, a short chase ended in the Central Square area, where officers arrested Bugnatto without incident. Officers found methamphetamine in Bugnatto’s possession after his arrest, Pecoraro said. Bugnatto was booked into Placer County Jail on an outstanding bench warrant for a felony of possessing a controlled substance, a misdemeanor of providing false information to a peace officer, a misdemeanor of resisting or delaying a peace officer and a felony of possessing methamphetamine, according to jail records. Bugnatto remained in custody Thursday morning with an $80,999 bail. ~Staff report