A Santa Maria man was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft June 25, hours after crashing a car in a Los Olivos neighborhood, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.
Just before 4 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a person using a flashlight to look into cars in the 2800 block of Via Alta, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Raquel Zick. Upon deputies' arrival, a vehicle passed them in the opposite direction, going northbound at a high rate of speed, and crashed into a tree near the end of Via Alta several hundred yards away.
The driver, identified as 19-year-old Angel Ortiz, of Santa Maria, fled on foot while deputies, including a K-9 unit, searched for him. Deputies could not locate Ortiz, according to Zick, but they confirmed the crashed vehicle had been stolen out of its owner's driveway.
A Santa Maria man killed in a June 15 head-on collision near Vandenberg Air Force base has been identified as 35-year-old Michael Daniel Martinez, according to an Air Force spokeswoman.
Deputies returned to the 2800 block of Via Alta shortly after 8:30 a.m. to a report of a suspect who matched Ortiz's description trying to open a locked vehicle.
Ortiz fled on foot, Zick said, and was chased by the caller to Foxen Canyon Road and Highway 154, where he was arrested. Ortiz was later booked into the County Main Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, grand theft, hit-and-run without injury, burglary and possession of stolen property. His bail was set at $85,000.
The stolen vehicle and collision are under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, according to Zick.
All told, according to the Santa Maria Police Department, Michael Jolly was found to be in possession of 100 grams of fentanyl, 21 grams of rock cocaine, 26 grams of heroin, 93 grams of methamphetamine, $700 cash and a flare gun.
The following is taken from the Santa Maria Police Department's calls-for-service log and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office daily arrest log. Those appearing as "arrested" are only suspected of the crime indicated but are presumed innocent.
Santa Maria Police issued 29 illegal fireworks citations since early June and responded to more than 200 calls for fireworks on July 4 alone in what was described as a busy holiday weekend for officers, according to officials.
The following is taken from the Lompoc Police Department's calls-for-service log and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office daily arrest log. Those appearing as "arrested" are only suspected of the crime indicated but are presumed innocent.
A Lompoc man on Thursday was sentenced to County Jail on felony charges for his role in the killing of 18-year-old Sarah Stoffle in March during an emotional court hearing in which several of the victim's family members gave impact statements.
A Lompoc man on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to federal charges related to a fatal head-on collision on Vandenberg Air Force Base that killed a Santa Maria man and seriously injured his female passenger, who is also from Santa Maria, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, Contributed Photo