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Parolee-at-large leads Placer County pursuit into Nevada County

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A parolee-at-large from Placer County was caught by law enforcement after a vehicle pursuit Wednesday into south Nevada County. Wanted on a parole violation, 41-year-old Auburn-area resident Brian Costanzo was taken into custody after first fleeing in a vehicle north on Highway 49 near Cramer Road, crossing the county line and then fleeing on foot after being let out near Wolf Road. Placer County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ty Conners said that Costanza jumped out of the pursued Firebird and was left behind by its driver. The Firebird’s driver later abandoned the car, which was located nearby. The pursuit started at approximately 3 p.m. and Costanza was located by Placer County Sheriff’s deputies about 15 minutes later. He was arrested and was to be booked into Placer County Jail in North Auburn on parole violation charges. A motorist reported counting 16 Placer County patrol or unmarked sheriff’s cars traveling north into Nevada County at the time of the incident. Conners said several vehicles and the Sheriff’s Office Falcon 30 helicopter took part in the search. Costanza had eluded arrest in the past and it was uncertain whether the driver or the wanted man was armed, Conners said. At 5 p.m. Wednesday, the search was continuing for the driver of the Firebird.