Sheriff Deputy injured as shoplifter flees scene

Deputy receives minor injuries

GOLETA, Calif. - A Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputy riding a motorcycle was hit by a shoplifter's vehicle as the suspect tried to flee the scene Tuesday afternoon in Goleta.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of shoplifting at the Home Depot located in the 6900 block of Market Place Drive in Goleta. The shoplifter, 29-year old Jeffrey Morgan of Oxnard, was attempting to flee the scene as deputies arrived. 

Morgan jumped out of his vehicle in an attempt to evade authorities. Morgan's moving vehicle hit a Sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle. 

Morgan fled on food across the Home Depot parking lot, scaled a fence, and ran through the intersection of Storke Road and Hollister Avenue. Morgan was caught by deputies in a hotel parking lot at the corner of Storke and Hollister. 

Sheriff's deputies determined Morgan to be parole, and the vehicle he was driving was stolen out of the West Hills area of Los Angeles. Morgan was treated for minor injuries he received while jumping over the fence.

After he was medically cleared, Morgan was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of felony resisting arrest, felony hit and run, burglary, felony vandalism, delaying a police investigation, possession of burglary tool, possession of hydrocodone, committing a felony while out on bail, possession of psilocybin, driving a vehicle with a suspended drivers license, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

A parole hold has been placed on Morgan.

The Sheriff's deputy on the motorcycle suffered only minor abrasions and was treated at the scene.

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