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Lompoc man threatens to kill self following high speed crash

Hours-long standoff ends safely

LOMPOC, Calif. - A bizarre incident near Lompoc Thursday afternoon led to a man being tased by police and taken to the hospital for medical attention and a mental health evaluation.

Deputies with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to a report of a car that had crashed in a field off Ocean Avenue at about 2:45 p.m.

For unknown reasons, the driver was driving at a high rate of speed when he went off the roadway and launched over an irrigation canal, according to the Sheriff's Office.

When emergency personnel arrived, the man allegedly took out two hand pruning shears and threatened to kill himself. The Lompoc man only spoke Spanish, according to authorities, who called in an interpreter to negotiate with the individual.

At about 4:15 p.m., the man was tased after refusing to drop the shears and receive medical attention for injuries he suffered during the crash. The man was safely removed from the vehicle and taken to the hospital.

No deputies or emergency personnel were injured in the incident.

Ocean Avenue was temporarily closed in both directions near Douglas Avenue during the hours-long standoff.


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