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Police Arrest Suspect in High-Speed Chase, Vehicle Theft

By Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor | @tombol |

David De Los Santos
David De Los Santos

A 30-year-old Santa Maria man suspected of leading officers on a high-speed chase in a stolen car earlier this week was arrested Wednesday, according to the Santa Maria Police Department

David De Los Santos was taken into custody at about 10:20 a.m. as he was walking on the 200 block of North McClelland Street, said Sgt. Jack Dunn.

“After a short foot chase, De Los Santos was apprehended, and later booked for stolen vehicle and evading charges,” Dunn said.

The incident began at about 12:10 p.m. Monday with officers following a stolen vehicle in the 500 block of West Mill Street, according to Sgt. Terry Flaa.

Local schools were put on lockdown as a precautionary measure, and police eventually were forced to terminate the chase after the suspect’s reckless driving was deemed unsafe for the road conditions, Flaa said.

The stolen vehicle was located later, abandoned in the area of Atlantic Place and Railroad Avenue, but a search for the suspect in the immediate area was unsuccessful.

De Los Santos was arrested with Renae Burpee, 30, of Nipomo, who is believed to have been a passenger in the stolen vehicle, Dunn said.

Renae Burpee
Renae Burpee

Burpee was booked on two outstanding felony warrants and for allegedly possessing stolen property, Dunn said.

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» on 01.31.13 @ 04:17 AM

We can only hope that these two dimwits don’t pollute the gene pool with kids.

» on 01.31.13 @ 12:13 PM

Another Mexican gang member, lets take these punks out while we still can.

Calif looks more and more like T.J Mexico.

» on 01.31.13 @ 08:20 PM

To the person who doesn’t like that California looks more like Mexico:  Don’t you know that California WAS part of Mexico?  Learn your history!  And what’s wrong if the people in California don’t all have light colored faces?  Should we all look like you in order to belong in this state?

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