Two people were arrested and a third suspect was sought by police after a high-speed pursuit that began in the Santa Maria area and traveled into southern San Luis Obispo County on Thursday afternoon, according to a news release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident began shortly before 3 p.m. and involved a white 1994 Lincoln Continental, with speeds topping 100 mph, according to dispatch reports.
Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies were searching for a passenger in the vehicle, Nicholas McCloud, because of a probation violation, the news release said.
During the chase, after traveling through Santa Maria, the driver headed north on Highway 101, passing vehicles on the right shoulder at least once.
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The pursuing law enforcement officer lost sight of the vehicle after it exited the highway at Los Berros Road in rural Arroyo Grande and disappeared after reportedly heading east.
A law enforcement helicopter was requested to help search for the suspect’s vehicle.
After spotting the vehicle, officers restarted the pursuit which led into Santa Maria.
About 3:40 p.m., two suspects were taken into custody at gunpoint in the northwestern neighborhoods of Santa Maria, according to dispatch reports.
The driver, 23-year-old Felicia Rae Hendricks of Nipomo, was arrested on suspicion of felony reckless evading, accessory after the fact and residential burglary.
Another male suspect, 23-year-old Ruben Anthony Najera of Santa Maria, was not involved in the pursuit, but he was arrested for two outstanding warrants, according to the news release. No further details were available on Najera.
The news release also said Hendricks and McCloud forcibly entered an occupied residence after fleeing on foot from the pursuit vehicle in order to continue their escape.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public in finding McCloud. Non-emergency tips can be called in to the Santa Barbara County Emergency Dispatch Center at 805-683-2724.
The vehicle involved in the pursuit was found in an alley near Donovan and Blosser roads.
Tribune reporter Lucas Clark contributed to this report.