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Doug Brauner, the longtime “Good Day Sacramento” reporter known to viewers as the “Car Czar,” was arrested Saturday on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence against his former girlfriend and mother of his child, but he will not be charged, officials said today.

Brauner, who writes a freelance column on cars for The Bee’s Wheels section on Fridays as well as hosts a Sunday morning radio show on KHTK (1140 AM), declined to comment this afternoon.

Sacramento Police spokesman Matt Young said Brauner on Saturday reportedly kicked in the screen door of his former girlfriend’s Sacramento home and pushed the woman and his child. Neither were injured. Brauner was arrested at his Sacramento home later that day, police say. There had been past reports of domestic disturbances involving the couple, according to police.

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s office has declined to pursue the case because of lack of evidence, district attorney’s spokeswoman Lana Wyant said today.

Hired by “Good Day Sacramento” in 1995 as a car commentator, Brauner also covered news and feature stories for the show. Steve Charlier, vice president for news for channels 13 and 31, would not comment on Brauner’s job status. “I haven’t met with Doug yet, but I plan to do so,” Charlier said.

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