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10-mile chase leads to man's arrest

A San Luis Obispo man was arrested on several felony charges Wednesday morning after he allegedly slammed his car into a Sheriff’s Department cruiser after leading deputies on a 10-mile chase.

Sheriff’s deputies say Ricardo Bernal Ruiz, 29, was weaving as he drove south on Highway 101 between San Luis Bay and Avila Beach drives around 2:30 a.m.

Deputies tried to stop Ruiz, Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Brian Hascall said, but he continued and exited on Five Cities Drive.

He then sped through several red lights and stop signs, Hascall said, finally stopping in a driveway in the 800 block of Manhattan Avenue in Grover Beach. However, before exiting his 1988 Honda Accord, Ruiz backed the car into one deputy’s vehicle, Hascall said.

The deputy was not injured. Ruiz was taken to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.

Ruiz was then arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, assault with a deadly weapon, felony resistance of an officer with threat of violence, felony evasion and reckless driving. He was also arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license and parole violations, Hascall said.

He remained at County Jail on $25,000 bail.

-- Stephen Curran

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