Car chase from Buellton to Avila Beach leads to arrest of suspected drunk driver

A man who was allegedly driving drunk led police on a high speed chase from Buellton to Avila Beach before he was arrested early Monday morning.

Bryan Chadick, 28, of Laguna Beach was seen driving his 2003 Toyota Tacoma at a high rate of speed at 3:30 a.m. on northbound Highway 101 in Buellton when the CHP tried to pull him over near Damassa Road, according to authorities. Chadick fled the scene, leading the CHP in a high speed chase.

Officers laid a spike strip north of Clark Avenue but said Chadick continued to drive northbound on flattened tires at speeds up to 80 mph.

Chadick crashed into the center divider at San Luis Bay Drive near San Luis Obispo and was arrested by Buellton CHP officers.

He was transported to the hospital and later booked into Santa Barbara County Jail, where he was charged with driving under the influence, evading arrest, obstructing police and hit and run.

--AnnMarie Cornejo