A pursuit that led law enforcement from one end of San Luis Obispo County to the other on Tuesday night ended in the arrest of a Riverside County man.
About 10:45 p.m., sheriff’s deputies began pursuing a black Toyota Tacoma pickup on northbound Highway 101 south of Tefft Street in Nipomo, according to California Highway Patrol Sgt. John Johnson.
Deputies called off their pursuit shortly after, and the truck drove through a closed construction zone on the highway near Traffic Way, Johnson said.
When the truck reached Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo, a CHP unit noticed that the truck was speeding down the highway at 90 mph and they attempted to make a traffic stop, Johnson said.
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The truck failed to stop, and the officers pursued it at speeds reaching 95 mph, Johnson said.
Just south of the Santa Barbara Road exit in Atascadero, officers deployed a spike strip. The truck continued on flat tires until exiting the freeway at Las Tablas Road in Templeton, Johnson said. It then drove about a half-mile, until it reached Old County Road and became too disabled to keep going, Johnson said.
Officers detained the driver of the truck, 25-year-old Brandon Malterer of Apple Valley in San Bernardino County. He was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, possessing a short-barreled rifle or shotgun and possessing a controlled substance, according to San Luis Obispo County Jail records. Malterer was taken to the jail, where he is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.