Three people, including a child, were injured Monday afternoon when a stolen truck being pursued by sheriff's deputies crashed into two other vehicles in downtown Santa Barbara, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.
A pursuit that began on Highway 101 near Carrillo Street shortly before 4 p.m. ended at Arrellaga and De la Vina streets when the vehicle — a white Chevrolet panel work truck reported stolen out of Ventura —slammed into a Jeep and a small SUV.
The vehicle turned south on Castillo Street, then re-entered the freeway northbound at Haley Street, before exiting at Arrellaga and heading toward the mountains.
Throughout the pursuit, the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed and blasting through stop signs and traffic signals, Hoover said.
After the crash, which propelled the jeep across the sidewalk and into a front yard, the shirt-less driver of the truck — identified as Evan Githens, 28, of Santa Barbara — fled on foot down De la Vina, "hopping fences and running through back yards," Hoover said.
A county helicopter was called in to help track the fleeing driver, Hoover said, and Githens was captured a short time later near De la Vina and Victoria Street.
A woman and two children — boys 6 and 4 — were in the truck with Githens, and the older child was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries, Hoover said.
The woman, described by deputies as Githens' girlfriend, was released after being questioned, Hoover said.
The drivers of the other two vehicles involved also were injured, Hoover said, and were taken to the hospital. The nature and degree of their injuries were not available.
Githens was arrested, and will face charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, child endangerment, felony evasion, and numerous traffic violations, Hoover said.
He also is facing a parole violation, she said.
He was being held at the Santa Barbara County Jail, with bail set at $100,000.