Atascadero police arrested a Bakersfield man wanted for murder Monday morning after a brief car chase on northbound Highway 101, authorities said.
Adam Joseph Velasquez, 26, was arrested on suspicion of murder, evading a police officer and driving on a suspended license. Police also arrested two Bakersfield women, 33-year-old Sandy Rodriguez and 32-year-old Sandra Padilla.
Atascadero police received information Sunday that Velasquez might be in the area.
At 2:26 a.m. Monday morning, an officer on patrol noticed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Best Western Colony Inn, 3600 El Camino Real in Atascadero.
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Velasquez was seen leaving the motel parking lot at 9:45 a.m. in a Nissan Altima, police said, followed by a Honda Accord driven by Padilla.
Police tried to pull over the two vehicles near El Camino Real and San Anselmo Avenue, but Velasquez fled on Highway 101, authorities said.
According to police, the pursuit ended in Paso Robles after the Nissan ran over a spike strip at the Highway 46 East exit, puncturing two tires.
Atascadero police, aided by the county Sheriff’s Department, the Paso Robles Department and the CHP, took Velasquez into custody without incident.
Police arrested his passenger, Rodriguez, on suspicion of carrying a concealed dagger.
Atascadero police stopped Padilla on El Camino Real just south of San Anselmo and arrested her on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle and driving on a suspended license.
Both women were being held tonight at the County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
-- Sarah Linn