Armed, armored man leads police on chase from Fresno to SLO, officials say

mfountain@thetribunenews.comMay 15, 2014 

Angel Herrera III, 41, was arrested Thursday, May 15, 2014, on suspicion of auto theft, evading a police officer and receiving stolen property. Original story »

UPDATE 10 a.m. Friday: The man arrested after a high-speed chase Thursday has been identified as Angel Herrera III, 41. He was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of auto theft, evading a police officer and receiving stolen property and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Original story: A body armor-clad man armed with a handgun was arrested Thursday after leading police on a high-speed car chase from Fresno County through San Luis Obispo, authorities said.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Laura Browning, at approximately 11:30 a.m., local authorities received a call from the Fresno Police Department alerting them of a high-speed pursuit heading toward the county line on westbound Highway 46.

Browning said the driver of the vehicle reached Paso Robles and merged onto Highway 101, heading south.

When the driver reached San Luis Obispo, the vehicle exited the freeway on Los Osos Valley Road. CHP officers ended their pursuit because of the vehicle’s erratic driving and the high probability of a collision, Browning said.

However, a CHP helicopter continued to follow the vehicle as it turned onto South Higuera Street and then headed west on Tank Farm Road. The vehicle then turned onto Highway 227 and traveled out of the San Luis Obispo city limits.

For reasons unclear at this time, the driver exited the vehicle and ran away. Officers quickly set up a perimeter and were able to arrest the driver.

Browning said the vehicle was stolen out of Kern County, and the driver was found wearing body armor and in possession of a handgun.

Officials have not yet released the identity of the driver, who was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail.

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