Allen Rappuhn

Allen Rappuhn

A Santa Barbara man was arrested late Tuesday night after leading sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers on a long pursuit that started in Montecito and ended in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The pursuit started after a sheriff's sergeant tried to pull over a silver Toyota pickup that was driving in Montecito without its headlights on.

The driver, Allen Rappuhn, 38, reportedly ignored traffic signs as he picked up speed leaving the Montecito area. He drove into Santa Barbara and avoided deputies’ attempts to pull him over.

Rappuhn got back on Highway 101 and then took Highway 154 to Armor Ranch Road, where the CHP used a spike strip to disable his truck.

Rappuhn reportedly kept driving even though three of his tires were punctured from the spike strip. Deputies tried to stop him again at the intersection of highways 154 and 246 without success.

He turned onto the Chumash Indian Reservation and came to a stop after losing a portion of his right tire due to damage from the spike strip.

Rappuhn immediately surrendered to deputies and was taken into custody.

No one was hurt during the incident and Rappuhn was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on felony charges of recklessly evading law enforcement without due regard for the safety of others, and outstanding San Luis Obispo felony warrants.

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