At about 8 a.m. today a Santa Maria police officer spotted a Ford Mustang that had been reported stolen. The car was taken in an armed carjacking on Jan. 17. Police say the driver took off leading them on a brief pursuit until the car hit a block wall at Western and Rancho Verde. The driver, 30-year old Abel Ortiz, tried to run away but officers quickly arrested him.
Ortiz is now in the Santa Barbara County Jail facing charges of carjacking and evading a police officer.