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SLO County Roundup 7/27

South County

Grover Beach police say that a Southern California man led them on a chase onto Highway 101 and past Arroyo Grande on Monday afternoon after they tried to stop him from driving away from a crash.

Officers arrested John V. Soto, 60, of Tustin, on suspicion of evading police, hit-and-run and several Vehicle Code violations, according to a Grover Beach Police Department news release.

About 3:15 p.m., a witness who said a hit-and-run collision had just happened in the Burger King parking lot at 1773 West Grand Ave. flagged down an officer, according to police.

That officer spotted the U-Haul that was alleged to have been involved in the crash and tried to pull over its driver, police said.

The driver then fled north on Oak Park Boulevard and turned west onto El Camino Real, according to police. The U-Haul allegedly drove into oncoming lanes of traffic, almost hitting other vehicles.

Officers followed the U-Haul onto southbound Highway 101, where police allege that speeds reached 80 mph.

The driver of the U-Haul, Soto, pulled over near El Campo Road and Highway 101, south of Arroyo Grande, according to police.

— Larissa Doust

Paso Robles

A San Miguel man turned himself in Tuesday morning after being accused of firing shots into a Paso Robles home Monday afternoon, according to police.

Officers arrested Arturo Romero, 21, of San Miguel, on suspicion of attempted murder and being part of a criminal street gang, according to a Paso Robles Police Department news release.

He was booked into the County Jail, where he remained held on $530,000 bail as of Tuesday night.

Authorities were called to a home on Pine Street, north of 16th Street, after gunshots were reported just after 3:30 p.m., according to police.

Neighbors told officers three men approached a residence, and one of them pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired three to four shots at the home, according to police. The three reportedly ran away.

No one was injured in the reported shooting, police said.

Witnesses said they recognized Romero as the shooter, according to police. Investigators are searching for the two other people involved, who were described as Hispanic men in their 20s of average height and build last seen wearing white T-shirts and blue jeans.

— Tribune staff report

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