Santa Barbara County sheriff's officials on Tuesday captured a wanted felon who had been evading police following a high-speed pursuit a week earlier.
On Oct. 24, sheriff’s deputies were investigating a suspicious vehicle parked in the Tanglewood neighborhood, west of Santa Maria.
As officers approached the vehicle, the driver sped away, leading deputies on a high-speed pursuit. According to sheriff's officials, the vehicle drove recklessly, speeding and crossing into opposite lanes of traffic multiple times.
The pursuit was called off for safety reasons as it entered the city of Santa Maria.
An investigation by patrol deputies identified the vehicle’s driver as Carlos Encinas, 30, of Santa Maria.
Investigators discovered that Encinas had multiple felony warrants for his arrest, including a $1 million warrant for kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats and stalking.
The warrants stemmed from a 2015 domestic violence case handled by the Santa Maria Police Department, sheriff's officials said.
On Tuesday, police learned that Encinas was at a home in the 1900 block of Sandalwood Drive in Tanglewood.
When deputies served an arrest warrant at the residence, Encinas attempted to flee and allegedly assaulted a sheriff’s deputy before he was taken into custody, according to officials.
Encinas was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail, where he was booked on his outstanding warrants, evading a peace officer and resisting a peace officer with force.