Thursday, December 8 , 2016, 1:37 pm | Overcast 63º


Local News

Four People Arrested After High-Speed Pursuit

Four people were arrested on a variety of charges early Wednesday after a high-speed chase that began in Santa Maria and ended near Shell Beach in San Luis Obispo County.

The incident began shortly before 5 a.m. when officers were dispatched to the area of Main Street and Blosser Road on a report of a wanted parolee believed to be armed, according to Santa Maria police Sgt. Jesus Valle.

The officers observed a vehicle speeding from the area, Valle said, and attempted to make a traffic stop.

The driver of the vehicle, which was later found to be stolen, failed to yield, and led officers on a pursuit that wound through the city before heading north on Highway 101.

“The vehicle entered onto northbound US 101, eventually reaching speeds of up to 100 mph,” Valle said. “The assistance of CHP was requested, and the vehicle was partially disabled by a spike strip near the Spyglass Drive exit.”

The vehicle existed at Avila Beach Drive, where officers were able to make the traffic stop.

According to Valle, four people were taken into custody:

The driver, Bradley Winston Larson, 25, of Tanglewood, was the wanted parolee. He was charged with reckless evading, vehicle theft, possession of methamphetamine, transportation of methamphetamine, all felonies, and misdemeanor hit and run, along with two outstanding arrest warrants.

Thomas Edward Clutts, 39 of Santa Maria was arrested on two felony no-bail warrants.

Laura Alvarez, 41, and Nancy Camacho, 20, both of Santa Maria, were arrested on misdemeanor charges of being under the influence of methamphetamine. Both were later cited and released.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >