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Two county high speed chase ends with arrests

Two county high speed chase ends with...

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A parole violation traffic stop turns into a dangerous high speed chase. KCOY 12 was trailing close behind investigators this afternoon during that pursuit.

It was a wild chase that spanned about 30 miles. Our cameras were rolling as arrests were made - but one man is still on the loose.

This woman's desperate attempt to get away came to an end Thursday afternoon.

"I'm kind of spooked because this isn't the first time they've had to close down this alley for something like that you know," Santiago Aguilar of Santa Maria said. 

This was the scene off of Western and Orchard. 

"I'm like oh shoot and I see people in handcuffs and I'm going into my grandmas house," Aguilar said. 

It was Santiago Aguilar's grandma's safety that first came to mind.

"I really don't like it because my grandma is here and she's a little old woman," Aguilar said. 

It all started Thursday when a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputy tried to pull this white Lincoln Continental over near Santa Maria.

The suspects took off on Highway 101 to Nipomo. At one point deputies lost sight of the speeding car and the pursuit was even called off because of the dangerous speeds.

It picked back up when the suspects headed back to Santa Maria where they ditched the car in an alley near Donovan and Blosser.

"And there's a school right here and that's the worst part, the kids," Aguilar said. 

Right near that school, Oakley Elementary, deputies noticed a man and a woman matching the suspect's description.

23-year-old Felicia Hendricks was arrested and so was 23-year-old Ruben Najera of Santa Maria. It turns out though that Najera wasn't involved in the pursuit, but was arrested for warrants.

"I saw an officer leaning talking to someone inside the vehicle," Aguilar said. "It's just hectic you know."

It turns out it's Nicholas McCloud who is wanted. Detectives say after ditching the Lincoln, Hendricks and McCloud also forced their way into a home to hide.

"Not wanting to get caught but it only makes it worse in the end because you're going to get caught eventually," Aguilar said. 

If you know where Nicholas McCloud is, you're urged to contact the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. You can leave a tip at 805-683-2724.   


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