San Luis Obispo County

Vandalism suspect arrested after pursuit through Nipomo, Santa Maria

NIPOMO, Calif. - San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man on a complaint of vandalism and reckless driving in Nipomo on early Wednesday morning.

Deputies responded to a report of vandalism on the 100 block of Trifone Lane in Nipomo around 12:30 a.m. 

Deputies arrived to the house where they met with the homeowner who said that a man drove a truck through his yard, ruined his landscape, did car 'doughnuts' in his field and then drove through a fence causing about $5,000 in damage. 

The victim said he recognized the driver as Brian Louis Garzoli. 

Deputies found the front license plate of the vehicle in the damaged yard. 

During the conversation with the homeowner, deputies began receiving reports of a pickup truck driving recklessly through Nipomo. 

They drove toward the location of the reports and spotted the vehicle. 

Deputies were also able to identify and confirm that the rear license plate is the same as the front one left at the prior residence's property. 

Deputies pursued the vehicle as the driver sped off through Tefft Street and Thompson Street. 

The driver threw an item out of the window at one point, later identified as a can of beer. 

The vehicle then turned onto Highway 101 southbound at speeds exceeding 100 mph. 

After passing the Highway 166 off-ramp, San Luis Obispo CHP took over the pursuit where they conducted a felony stop of the vehicle near the Broadway exit in Santa Maria. 

Brian Louis Garzoli, 52, from Arroyo Grande was positively identified as the suspect. 

Garzoli was arrested and is currently being processed by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies. 

His bail is set at $55,000. 

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