YCSO deputies searching for wrong-way driver in Black Canyon City

BLACK CANYON CITY, AZ - Deputies with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office are looking for a wrong-way driver who was last seen in Black Canyon City.

On Thursday afternoon, a YCSO deputy spotted a gold sedan driving “excessively slow and drifting across the fog line,” a YCSO spokesperson said. 

The deputy determined that the car belonged to 26-year-old Jonathon Bracher of Dewey. Bracher is listed as a missing person and the deputy determined that the driver matched his description.

The deputy attempted to pull the car over on I-17 at Bumblebee Road, however, the car refused to stop and continued northwest on Bumblebee Road, authorities said. The driver then proceeded into the south I-17 lanes while continuing to drive north passing several “Do Not Enter” signs. 

As a safety precaution, the deputy did not follow the man but the abandoned car was located a short time later off of Bumblebee Road, authorities said.

A passenger who was in Bracher’s car remained at the scene. The man told deputies that he was a hitchhiker and the suspect gave him a ride from Anthem.

Bracher is facing endangerment and failure to stop for law enforcement charges. He’s also facing a firearm theft charge in an unrelated case.

He’s described as being 6’2”, 170-pounds with brown hair and brown eye. He has multiple tattoos on the side and back of his neck.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call YCSO at 928-771-3260. 

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