Crime

Sex crimes suspect leads deputies on ‘slow-speed pursuit’ along Hwy. 101

Johnny Manuel Guerrero, 39, of Arroyo Grande was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, on suspicion of sexual penetration of a child under 14, lewd acts with a child, using an electronic device to invade a person’s privacy, evading an officer and possessing a loaded firearm in public.
Johnny Manuel Guerrero, 39, of Arroyo Grande was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, on suspicion of sexual penetration of a child under 14, lewd acts with a child, using an electronic device to invade a person’s privacy, evading an officer and possessing a loaded firearm in public. Courtesy photo

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man wanted for sex crimes against a child Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly led deputies on a “slow-speed pursuit” on Highway 101 from Arroyo Grande to San Luis Obispo.

No one was injured in the chase.

Johnny Manuel Guerrero, 39, of Arroyo Grande was recently featured on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, wanted on suspicion of sexual penetration of a child under 14, lewd acts with a child and using an electronic device — a cell phone — to invade a person’s privacy, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said.

Cipolla said those crimes occurred on or about Dec. 29, 2015, and involved one child.

Following the Facebook post, the Sheriff’s Office received a tip that Guerrero was staying at a motel in Arroyo Grande. At about 1 p.m., deputies spotted him leaving the motel, where he got into a Toyota Corolla and drove south on Highway 101, Cipolla said.

Guerrero made a U-turn at El Campo Road and was heading north when deputies attempted to pull him over at the Price Street exit in Pismo Beach.

He traveled about 8.5 miles, never exceeding 65 mph, before pulling over near the Prado Road exit in San Luis Obispo. He was arrested without further incident.

Officers then found a loaded handgun in the car, Cipolla said.

Guerrero was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of the previous charges as well as evading an officer and possessing a loaded firearm in public. He remained in custody late Wednesday afternoon in lieu of $510,000 bail.

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