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High-speed chase ends in crash; 3 arrested, 1 still at large after foot pursuit

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016

PASO ROBLES — Two young adults and one minor were apprehended Thursday afternoon following a high-speed chase from San Miguel to Paso Robles that ended in a car crash and foot pursuit, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office. A fourth suspect is still at large.

The Oct. 13 incident began after the Sheriff’s Office received information from the San Luis Obispo Probation Department that a wanted minor may be in San Miguel riding in a vehicle reported stolen from Atascadero. A nearby deputy saw a vehicle matching the description fleeing the area and followed at high speeds to overtake the car with four unknown subjects inside.

According to the police report, the deputy located the vehicle at 15th and N streets, where its occupants continued to attempt to evade by driving southbound on North River Road before the driver ultimately lost control and crashed into a dry riverbed around 4:27 p.m.

"The deputy followed the vehicle southbound on North River Road to the intersection of Wellsona Road, where the suspect vehicle rolled, losing control on a turn, crashing into a dry riverbed," the report said. "Four occupants immediately fled the scene of the crash on foot."

Sheriffs were joined by supporting agencies, including Gang Task Force, California Highway Patrol, California Highway Patrol Helicopter, Paso Robles Police Department, Department of Fish and Wildlife and CalFire, to set up a perimeter and begin a large area search for the suspects. Three of the four subjects that fled the scene were located and detained.

Elizabeth Jayne Miranda, 18, and Jonathan Michael Hutchings, 19, both of San Miguel, were arrested on charges of resisting arrest and obstructing or delaying an officer. They were taken to and booked at San Luis Obispo County Jail.

The third subject, a minor, was turned over to a parent and charges are pending. The fourth subject is still at large and the investigation is continuing, police said.

During the recovery of the stolen vehicle, the deputy located approximately $5,000 in stolen tools, which he recognized as stolen because he had taken the theft report earlier that day in rural Paso Robles. The recovered property was returned to the victim.

Police said no further information is available at this time.

For the complete article see the 10-14-2016 issue.

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