Man arrested for using car as a deadly weapon

2011-09-13T14:33:00Z Man arrested for using car as a deadly weapon Santa Maria Times
September 13, 2011 2:33 pm

A Goleta man is in the Santa Barbara County Jail, accused of driving his car into a 65-year-old man while fleeing private property on a ranch just north of Goleta, according to the Sheriff's Department.

James Raphael Grippo, 41, was arrested after Sheriff's deputies responded to the 1700 block of La Patera Lane for a report of an assault with a vehicle Monday at 10:40 a.m.

Deputies learned that the victim, who worked on the ranch, noticed a car on the property that he believed was there illegally. The victim reportedly confronted Grippo, who was sitting alone in the driver's seat of the car, and told him that he was placing him under citizen's arrest for trespassing.

Grippo reportedly agreed to drive behind the victim's vehicle as they headed back to a ranch office to call law enforcement. When the victim stopped his vehicle and got out, he says that Grippo sped right at him and knocked him onto the hood of Grippo's Toyota Corolla.

The victim says the impact of his body broke the windshield and that he was still on the hood when Grippo began driving at a high rate of speed before slamming on the brakes and knocking the victim off the vehicle.

Sheriff's deputies were able to get a good description of the vehicle from several witnesses who reportedly saw Grippo quickly driving away moments after the incident. About five hours later, Grippo called law enforcement to report the incident. Grippo was interviewed at his home in Goleta and was arrested.

He was booked Monday night for assault with a deadly weapon and his bail is set at $30,000. A friend drove the victim to the hospital for treatment of his injuries, which did not appear to be life threatening, according to the Sheriff's Department.

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