Two Santa Maria residents were arrested Thursday after allegedly fleeing from California Highway Patrol officers in a stolen car and then, after crashing the vehicle, on foot.
Rogelio Andrade Garcia, 27, and Vanessa Buenrostro, 24, were both booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail.
The incident reportedly began when members of the CHP’s Auto Theft Task Force, who were in Santa Maria, spotted a Honda that was on the organization’s “hot sheet” of stolen vehicles. Before officers could attempt to pull over the Honda, the driver allegedly sped up to evade capture, CHP reported.
Officers followed the car as it reportedly traveled through several streets before going northbound on College Avenue, where the driver apparently lost control and collided with a planter box in front of a building at the corner of Chapel Street, just north of Main Street.
Following the collision, the male driver and female passenger got out and ran in different directions, CHP reported. The lead CHP officer who was pursuing the Honda was a K-9 unit and both the officer and canine pursued the suspects, later identified as Garcia and Buenrostro, on foot.
Both suspects were captured within minutes with the assistance of Auto Theft Task Force personnel, according to CHP. Neither the suspects nor the CHP officers sustained any reported injuries.