Officers captured a 24-year-old wanted felon Wednesday after he fled into a residential neighborhood to avoid arrest, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.
After a 90-minute search at the north end of the city, officers took Jonathan Hays into custody without incident, according to Sgt. Marc Schneider.
The incident began at about 11:30 a.m. when Hays was observed by an officer walking in the 1600 block of North Broadway. Upon seeing the officer, Hays fled in a nearby neighborhood, Schneider said.
Officers established a perimeter in the 200 blocks of East Jewel Street and East Donovan Road between Via Rubio Drive and McClelland Street, and conducted a search, assisted by a police dog named Targo.
Hays was found hiding in the back yard of a residence, Schneider said, adding that the suspect was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.
Hays was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail.