Crime

SLO man and woman arrested after North County chase

Chelsea Deperna
Chelsea Deperna Courtesy of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office

A San Luis Obispo man and woman were arrested Thursday on suspicion of drug and weapons violations after the two allegedly sent deputies on a nearly 20-minute chase through North County.

Jason McMaster, 42, was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on an outstanding $100,000 warrant for transportation of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale, according to a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office news release. He’s also suspected of evading police and vehicle code violations.

McMaster allegedly got into a violent altercation with officers during a previous 2011 arrest. He was again taken into custody in December 2015 on suspicion of delivering narcotics.

Chelsea Deperna, 33, was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Deputies first noticed the white BMW that McMaster was driving when they observed it allegedly had false registration tags and was traveling at an unsafe speed on Highway 41 in rural Templeton. The vehicle allegedly took off when a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop.

Deputies pursued the vehicle on rural country roads for 17 minutes, with speeds allegedly reaching 90 mph at some points. Eventually, the vehicle went off the road to avoid a spike strip at the intersection of Creston and South El Pomar roads.

McMaster was being held in jail on $625,000 bond and Deperna on $20,000 bond as of Friday afternoon.

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