Pursuit ends in Carpinteria with two men suspected of armed robbery taken into custody

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - A brief car pursuit Tuesday afternoon ended in Carpinteria with the arrest of two men suspected of being involved in an armed robbery.

The chase began at about 4 p.m. when California Highway Patrol officers traveling on U.S. Highway 101 southbound in the area of San Ysidro Road unsuccessfully tried pulling over the suspects. The suspect car exited at Sheffield Drive only to get back onto the freeway, according to authorities.

The suspect car then got off at Padaro Lane, but quickly got back onto U.S. 101 southbound. CHP called this act "ramping."

CHP says the suspects dumped the car on Carpinteria Avenue in the City of Carpinteria and fled on foot.

Santa Barbara police assisted with the search for the suspects using a K9 unit. Authorities located muddy footprints, which they used to track down the suspects to the Carpinteria Salt Marsh.

Medical personnel was called out to the scene to treat one of the suspects for a dog bite after police K9 Jake gave chase to the fleeing suspect, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department. The suspect was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for further treatment and a medical evaluation.

The second suspect gave up peacefully police say. No one else was injured in the incident.

The two men taken into custody are suspected of being involved in a reported armed robbery at a Sprint store in Santa Barbara earlier in the day.

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