Crime

Paso Robles man allegedly rams CHP vehicle during Templeton chase

A Dodge sedan suspected in a hit-and-run ended up off the road on Main Street north of Vineyard Drive in Templeton after a CHP officer executed a “pit maneuver” following a pursuit in Templeton.
A Dodge sedan suspected in a hit-and-run ended up off the road on Main Street north of Vineyard Drive in Templeton after a CHP officer executed a “pit maneuver” following a pursuit in Templeton. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

A Paso Robles man fleeing a hit-and-run incident Wednesday evening near Templeton rammed a California Highway Patrol vehicle and led officers on a chase around the North County.

CHP officers responded at around 5 p.m. to reports of a hit and run on Santa Rita Road, according to a CHP news release. An officer noticed a Dodge sedan with front-end damage near the scene of the collision and attempted to stop the car.

Rafael Aguilaranguiano, 22, the suspected driver, allegedly refused to stop and a chase ensued. During the pursuit, Aguilaranguiano allegedly rammed a CHP patrol car involved in the chase.

CHP officers eventually maneuvered Aguilaranguiano’s vehicle off the east side of Main Street in Templeton. Aguilaranguiano allegedly then fled on foot, and officers apprehended his three passengers: Jaime Cunningham, 29, and Cherish Celestine, 23, both of Atascadero, and Jose Medrano, 27, of San Miguel.

The passengers told police they demanded to be let out of the vehicle but that the driver refused to comply. They were eventually released at the scene.

After a brief search of the area, Aguilaranguiano was located in the dog house of a nearby apartment, according to Sgt. Tim Wilson. He was arrested on suspicion of numerous crimes, including kidnapping, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, evading arrest, resisting arrest, hit and run, driving with a suspended license, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

Aguilaranguiano was being held in the San Luis Obispo County in lieu of $195,000 bail.

Tribune staff contributed to this report.

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27

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