San Luis Obispo
An 18-year-old woman was rescued by a CHP helicopter on Monday after she fell about 30 feet while hiking on Bishop Peak.
Fire officials responding to the 11:15 a.m. call learned that the woman, who was not identified, had been hiking with at least one other friend when she fell near the summit, said San Luis Obispo Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Hogan.
Hogan declined to discuss the specific nature of her injuries but said that the woman could not walk down by herself.
He said she was not hiking on a trail when she fell.
“If the helicopter was not able to lift her out it would have been a challenging and technical rescue,” Hogan said.
The helicopter lifted her off Bishop Peak at 12:45 p.m., and she was transferred to an ambulance. Three San Luis Obispo engines, a Cal Fire battalion chief and one Cal Fire engine responded to the call. A cooperative county technical rescue team also responded in case the helicopter wasn’t able to rescue the woman.
Hogan reminded hikers to proceed with caution on the popular county landmark.
“It’s a great spot, but we like to remind people to stay on the trails and know the route,” he said.
— Cynthia Lambert
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 reportedly seen driving his 2003 Toyota Tacoma at a high rate of speed at 3:30 a.m. on northbound Highway 101 in Buellton when a CHP officer tried to pull him over near Damassa Road.
Chadick fled, leading the CHP in a high-speed chase, according to police. Authorities used a spike strip north of Clark Avenue in Orcutt, but Chadick continued to drive north on the flattened tires, as fast as 80 mph.
Chadick crashed into the center divider at San Luis Bay Drive near Avila Beach, where officers arrested him.
He was taken to a hospital and then booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, evading arrest, obstructing authorities and hit-and-run, according to the CHP.
— AnnMarie Cornejo