Police pursuit ends with two arrests near Carpinteria

K9 found couple hiding in crawl space beneath home

K9s help deputies catch drug suspects following freeway chase from Santa Barbara to Carpinrteria

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies and Santa Barbara police were involved in a pursuit going northbound on U.S. Highway 101 near Summerland Wednesday afternoon.

The pursuit started in Santa Barbara in the area of Garden Street and Gutierrez Street at about 5:30 p.m. when the suspect driver refused to yield to Santa Barbara police officers during an attempted traffic stop. They say the car was running stop lights and driving recklessly.

Sgt. Tagles with the Santa Barbara Police Department said the driver drove into a nearby parking lot as if he was going to stop for police, but kept driving.

Earlier in the day, Santa Barbara police had issued a "be on the lookout" for a white 2012 Mazda sedan. 

The car entered Highway 101 southbound and at one point during the pursuit. The driver decided to exit the freeway near Carpinteria and enter the U.S. 101 northbound. The pursuit reportedly reached speeds of up to 90 mph on the freeway.

Deputies spotted the car at San Ysidro Lane and went in pursuit, but due to public safety concerns officers decided not to chase the speeding car and lost sight of it after the suspects exited in Summerland.

Police were soon notified of an abandoned white car parked in a newlywed couple's driveway between Summerland and Carpinteria. The newlyweds told police they went for a walk on the beach and left their gate on the 3200 block of Padaro Lane open. When they returned they found the suspect car parked in their driveway.

Kaye Walters Edwards said it appeared as though someone had been living inside the car for some time. She saw a guitar and other personal belongings.

She said she was scared until deputies arrived and told her they were looking for a man and a woman.

The California Highway Patrol and two Sheriff's K-9 teams joined in the search for the suspects. After several hours, a K-9 named Magnum found the suspects hiding in a crawl space underneath a home on the 3000 block of Padaro Lane. They were immediately taken into custody at gunpoint.

Kelly Hoover with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office credited the K-9 teams, that included a new dog named Odin, with not giving up during the lengthy search.

Hoover said officers arrested Erica Rogers, 23, of San Diego County and 30-year-old Santa Barbara resident Jacob San Nicholas, both of whom had warrants out for their arrest.

San Nicholas was booked on charges of felony evading, the sale of methamphetamine, sale and transportation of a controlled substance and possession for sale of a controlled substance as well as probation violation charges. He is being held without bail.

Rogers was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as several felony warrants.  Her bail was set at $170,000.

Edwards said she was relieved they were caught and she said she would notify the neighbors in her home owners association.

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