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Earnest Lee Evans


Santa Maria Police Department, Contributed photo

Santa Maria Police arrested a wanted felon after a five-hour standoff Friday night.

At about 5:50 p.m., an officer noticed a vehicle that was involved in a March 5 pursuit parked in the 900 block of West Fesler Street, according to Sgt. Andy Magallon.

That pursuit was terminated in the interest of public safety, he said, and the driver was identified as Earnest Lee Evans, 45, of Santa Maria.

While the officer was investigating the vehicle, he noticed Evans walk out of a residence, which was quickly surrounded by officers, Magallon said. Numerous attempts were made to communicate with Evans to surrender, but he reportedly did not comply. Two other occupants in the residence complied and exited the residence, Magallon said, and officers continued attempts to have Evans surrender, but he did not comply.

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A search warrant was obtained, and Evans was located hiding in the attic.

He continued to be noncompliant and resisted arrest, Magallon said, but was taken into custody with the assistance of a police service dog.

Evans was arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for two outstanding felony warrants, felony resisting a peace officer and felony recklessly evading.