Atas­cadero sus­pect ar­rested af­ter stolen ve­hi­cle chase and crash

The Tribune (SLO) - - Local - BY GABBY FERREIRA AND LIND­SEY HOLDEN gfer­[email protected]­bune­news.com [email protected]­bune­news.com

Atas­cadero po­lice ar­rested a man Tues­day afternoon fol­low­ing a chase that prompted sev­eral schools to shel­ter in place.

Of­fi­cers re­sponded about 1:19 p.m. Tues­day to re­ports of a sus­pi­cious per­son at Chalk Moun­tain Liquor and Deli in the 9900 block of El Camino Real, ac­cord­ing to an Atas­cadero Po­lice De­part­ment news re­lease.

A man wear­ing a Dodgers base­ball jer­sey was seen re­mov­ing a li­cense plate from a pickup truck, po­lice said. The man re­moved the en­tire front li­cense plate, and par­tially re­moved the rear plate, the re­lease said.

A by­stander was able to pro­vide the plate num­ber to a po­lice dis­patcher, who found it be­longs to a ve­hi­cle stolen from Buell­ton, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Of­fi­cers lo­cated the ve­hi­cle near El Camino Real and High­way 41 and ini­ti­ated a traf­fic stop, the re­lease said.

A short ve­hi­cle pur­suit en­sued, and the sus­pect crashed into a tree on Lewis Av­enue near Atas­cadero Mid­dle School, po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the man fled on foot into a creek bed by Lewis Bridge, and of­fi­cers es­tab­lished a perime­ter with help from the San Luis Obispo County Sher­iff’s Of­fice ca­nine unit and a CHP he­li­copter.

Shel­ter-in-place pro­ce­dures were ini­ti­ated dur­ing the search at the mid­dle school, the Atas­cadero Fine Arts Academy and spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion class­rooms, ac­cord­ing to Atas­cadero Uni­fied School Dis­trict.

Of­fi­cers lo­cated the sus­pect in the creek bed, and he was taken into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent.

The sus­pect re­fused to iden­tify him­self when he was ar­rested, po­lice said. He had not been booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail as of 4 p.m. Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to book­ing logs.

CITY OF ATAS­CADERO

A sus­pect was taken into cus­tody in a creek bed near Lewis Bridge in Atas­cadero fol­low­ing a ve­hi­cle and foot pur­suit. The sus­pect was seen re­mov­ing li­cense plates from a stolen car on El Camino Real.

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