Man arrested on suspicion of DUI after car chase on Highway 1

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A pursuit on Highway 1 involving Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies ended Thursday morning on the western edge of the Santa Maria Valley, according to emergency radio traffic.

The man, suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, led deputies on a pursuit that ended on Highway 1 near Brown Road. The incident began at 10 a.m. when deputies were dispatched to check on a man sleeping in his truck on Kapaula Drive in Orcutt, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said.

However, the driver fled, refusing to yield to deputies, Hoover said.

Deputies conducted a stop, with guns drawn, on Highway 1 while asking colleagues to stop traffic in the area as a precaution, according to radio traffic.

The vehicle reportedly maintained a speed of about 45 mph during the pursuit.

The man, whose name wasn’t immediately available, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, Hoover said.

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