A high-risk traffic stop of a stolen vehicle led to a brief standoff in Orcutt on Tuesday before the suspect surrendered, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The incident began when Santa Maria police notified CHP officers about a stolen vehicle at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, said CHP Officer Ben Smith.
The victim of the vehicle theft had pinged a cellphone still in the car, helping pinpoint the location in an Orcutt parking lot, Smith said.
Law enforcement officers, including deputies from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a high-risk traffic stop near the intersection of Bradley and Patterson roads.
The man refused commands to leave the vehicle, leading to a request for a K-9 unit to show up at the scene.
After additional commands, the driver, identified as Julio Arroyo Jr., 46, complied and was placed under arrest.
Additional details were not immediately available.
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