Donaciano Alfredo Cortez

Donaciano Alfredo Cortez

An Oxnard man suspected in a hit-and-run crash had to be rescued Sunday after he allegedly fled the scene of a Highway 154 collision near Santa Barbara, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Donaciano Alfredo Cortez, 48, was involved in a collision Saturday afternoon on Highway 154 near Painted Cave Road, CHP Officer Jonathan Gutierrez told Noozhawk.

Cortez allegedly fled the scene on foot into the chaparral, and became stuck down a steep embankment, Gutierrez said.

His family reported him missing Saturday night, Gutierrez said, and a search was launched in the area involving the CHP, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department, and a Ventura County helicopter.

Cortez was located early Sunday, and a helicopter hoisted him out of the ravine and up to the roadway. 

The CHP subsequently discovered that Cortez was wanted on a no-bail warrant out of Ventura County following multiple DUI arrests, Gutierrez said.

After being examined by paramedics, Cortez was taken into custody, Gutierrez said.

He remained in custody without bail at Santa Barbara County Jail on Monday afternoon.

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