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Suspected car burglar leads deputies on high-speed chase

Suspect Cory Sidartha Martines' Dodge pickup truck was disabled with spike strips Thursday, ending a high-speed pursuit hat began on Los Osos Valley Road and ended on Highway 41.
Suspect Cory Sidartha Martines' Dodge pickup truck was disabled with spike strips Thursday, ending a high-speed pursuit hat began on Los Osos Valley Road and ended on Highway 41.

A man suspected of burglarizing a car near San Luis Obispo led sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase Thursday morning until a spike strip ended his run on Highway 41 near Atascadero.

At about 8:20 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a car burglary in progress at the base of Bishop Peak on Foothill Boulevard near San Luis Obispo.

A witness was able to give deputies a description of the suspect’s white Dodge pickup truck, which was soon spotted by deputies at the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Coast Station in Los Osos as it drove north on Los Osos Valley Road.

When deputies tried to initiate a traffic stop, the driver of the pickup accelerated, continuing through Los Osos to northbound Highway 1, where he continued through Morro Bay and turned east onto Highway 41.

With help from the California Highway Patrol and Atascadero police, spike strips were deployed on Highway 41, disabling the suspect’s vehicle at Old Morro Road near Atascadero.

The suspect, 36-year-old Paso Robles resident Cory Sidartha Martines, was taken into custody without further incident and booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of burglary and resisting arrest. Deputies allege that Martines also has two outstanding felony warrants for drug-related probation violations.

Though the Sheriff’s Office says speeds reached higher than 90 mph during the pursuit, no one was injured in the incident.

As of Thursday afternoon, Martines remained in County Jail in lieu of $125,000 bail.

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