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Car chase suspect found hiding in vehicle in Paso Robles, CHP says

UPDATE 4:19 p.m.: The man arrested after a car chase early today has been identified as Isidro Munoz Jr., 25, of Bakersfield.

Munoz was arrested in the 1100 block of Mountain Springs Road in Paso Robles at 9:40 a.m., according to CHP Officer Mike Muell.

The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a suspicious person trespassing on private property on Mountain Springs Road.

Templeton CHP officers and a CHP search dog responded to the scene, where officers found Munoz hiding inside a vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident.

Munoz was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of auto theft, felony evasion of an officer, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and hit-and-run.

UPDATE 3:21 p.m.: CHP officers report that they've arrested the man they believe led them on a high-speed chase late Thursday night into early Friday morning.

The CHP said they got a call this morning from a resident in the Paso Robles neighborhood where the driver crashed his car and ran. She reported seeing a man loitering on her property.

CHP officials said investigators saw him trying to hide from them in an unlocked vehicle.

They have detained the man, a Bakersfield resident, officials said. His name hasn’t yet been released, but authorities expect to do so this afternoon.

Original story: Authorities are looking for a man who ran away from California Highway Patrol officers after a high-speed pursuit that ended in Paso Robles early this morning.

Around midnight, CHP officers from Bakersfield attempted to stop a man driving a 2001 Ford F-350 pickup for speeding on Highway 46 near Highway 99, according to the CHP.

The Ford failed to yield, and the chase ensued that reached speeds of 90 miles per hour.

The Ford continued through Paso Robles, smashing into a Paso Robles Police Department patrol car, causing minor damage, on Mountain Springs Road, where the driver reached a dead end in a gated driveway.

The driver fled on foot after striking several vehicles in a carport area. The man was described as a white or Hispanic man about 30 to 40 years old, wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt.

The Ford was stolen in Bakersfield on Monday, CHP officials said. A license plate belonging to another vehicle was found on the Ford, which had been painted to change its appearance.

No law enforcement officials were injured in the pursuit.

The public is asked to report any suspicious person who may be connected to this crime by calling 911.

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