Bad car tags lead to stop, chase and methamphetamine bust in Santa Barbara

Store employees help police catch a suspect

Traffic stop leads to chase and drug...

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A suspicious vehicle caught the eye of a Santa Barbara Police officer, and the hunch was right because the traffic stop ended with a drug bust.

The registration tags were more than six months outdated on a Mercedes sedan that was being pulled over on lower State Street this morning about 10:30 a.m.

When the car stopped at 14 State Street in the entrance to Mountain Air Sports, police say one person jumped out and ran into the store.  Multiple back up units were called in.

Employees of Mountain Air have been credited with stopping the suspect as he tried to run out the back to Helena Street.  Other patrol units swarmed the area - front and back - of the buildings.

Police Sergeant Andy Hill said officers said the employees were very helpful by catching up to the fleeing suspect. Responding officers were able to contain the other suspects in place.

Methamphetamine drugs were reportedly tossed in the store and found inside the vehicle.

There were three men and a woman involved.  All were handcuffed and taken to the police station. They've been identified as:

  • Trevor William Poplin, age 31, from Santa Ynez
  • Joshua Michael Nordholm, age 27, from Santa Barbara
  • Erika jean Bastian, age  26, from Santa Barbara
  • Cheyne Michael Jetton, age 31, from Santa Barbara

Charges range from warrants, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, to resisting/preventing arrest.

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