Crime

Two arrested after burglary, high speed chase in Santa Maria

Booked for drug possession, DUI

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Two suspects were arrested Friday afternoon after police say they broke into a home and then led police on a high speed chase through the streets of Santa Maria.

According to a press release from the Santa Maria Police Department, at around 3:18 p.m. officers responded to a report of a burglary on the 1400 block of West Main Street. A citizen interrupted the burglary and provided law enforcement with a description of the suspect vehicle and license plate.

The suspect vehicle was previously reported stolen.

Shortly after the pair fled the scene of the burglary, they were spotted by police in the area of Pine Street and Cook Street. Offices attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to stop. Officers postponed their pursuit due to safety concerns, as the vehicle sped through residential streets at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle was located at the intersection of Russell Avenue and Morrison Avenue where the driver crashed into parked vehicles. The driver fled the scene on foot and a passenger was found in the vehicle and arrested.

Officers searched the immediate area and arrested the driver after a brief foot chase. Both suspects were found to be in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The driver was identified as 23-year-old Luis Garcia. The passenger has been identified as 23-year-old Jessica Moreno.

Moreno was treated at Marian Hospital for injuries related to the crash. Both were booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail, they could face possible drug related charges and charges for the stolen vehicle and burglary. Garcia was also booked on complaints of felony evading, hit and run with injury and driving under the influence of drugs causing injury.


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