Police pursuit of stolen car prompts Lompoc High School lockdown

Suspects crashed, fled into the high school campus

Pursuit leads to arrest of three teenage boys


The California Highway Patrol has released additional details in the wild vehicle pursuit Tuesday morning involving three teenagers from Goleta.

The CHP arrest report says Buellton CHP officers attempted to stop a tan Toyota Camry on Highway 1 northbound near mile post marker 10.00 at about 10:20 a.m. The driver of the Camry did not stop and instead, speed up heading towards the City of Lompoc.

After driving recklessly on Lompoc city streets, the driver of the suspect car drove over a curb and crashed into a large metal electrical box at the Lompoc High School Campus, according to the report. That's when the three suspects jumped out of the car and fled into the school campus.

After a thorough search of school premises, law enforcement personnel with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, Lompoc Police, and CHP found and arrested the three suspects who are underage.

All three teens were booked into Juvenile Hall in Santa Maria. Police later determined the Camry was stolen out of the City of Goleta.



[12:23 p.m. PST] All classrooms are being thoroughly checked by law enforcement but it sounds like once that's completed, the Lompoc High School lockdown will be lifted.

[11:46 a.m. PST] One person has been detained by police believed to be the third suspect they've been looking for. School lockdown remains in effect.

[10:47 a.m. PST]  A third suspect is still on the loose. Lompoc High School's principal has informed police that all occupied classrooms are safe, according to emergency police radio from officers on scene.

[10:44 a.m. PST] Authorities have two individuals detained believed to be the suspects.



Multiple law enforcement agencies were in pursuit of three suspects through Lompoc city streets that ended with a crash at Lompoc High School Tuesday morning. 

The high school was placed on lockdown after the suspects crashed their vehicle on campus and fled on foot into the school property.

The vehicle pursuit began in the Buellton area with California Highway Patrol officers. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies started to assist in the pursuit near Santa Rosa Road and Highway 1.

A Sheriff's helicopter and K-9 unit were called to assist with the search for the three suspects.

Traffic in the area was impacted while law enforcement took control of the situation and set up a perimeter.

No further details were immediately available. We will update this story when new information becomes available.

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