A Santa Maria man who allegedly hit a pedestrian, kidnapped a 3-year-old and led police on a pursuit was arrested on multiple charges Saturday.
Just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday, police responded to reports of a traffic collision in the 800 block of West Las Flores Way in Santa Maria. On the way to the scene, witnesses reported that a vehicle had hit a pedestrian and fled.
Information provided to officers indicated that Santa Maria resident Paul Maldonado, 30, had allegedly stolen a vehicle and kidnapped a 3-year-old boy after running over the boy's family member.
Officers pursued the vehicle through Santa Maria until the suspect's engine stopped in the 100 block of East Tunnell Street. The child, who is unrelated to Maldonado, was rescued from the vehicle and Maldonado was taken into custody.
Maldonado was booked into the Santa Barbara County jail on several charges including kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence.