High Speed Chase Ended Up in Downtown SB
updated: Oct 07, 2013, 8:18 PM
Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
A Santa Barbara man is in custody after a high speed chase which ended in a crash and subsequent foot
pursuit this afternoon, October 7, in downtown Santa Barbara. 28-year-old Evan Githens, who was
driving a stolen white Chevrolet work truck from Ventura, was chased down and arrested by Santa
Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies. He is charged with child endangerment, felony evasion, being in
possession of a stolen vehicle, multiple vehicle code violations and a probation violation. He is being
held at the Santa Barbara County Jail on $100,000 bail.
The incident began at approximately 3:50 p.m. this afternoon, when Sheriff' Deputies observed the
stolen vehicle being driven on Highway 101 approaching the southbound Carrillo Street exit. Sheriff's
Deputies attempted to pull the vehicle over but the suspect refused to yield and sped off down Carrillo
Street, turned onto Castillo Street at a high rate of speed and ran through several stop signs. Santa
Barbara County Air Support Unit Copter 2 assisted Sheriff's Deputies with the pursuit. The suspect got
back onto the freeway at Haley and Castillo Streets and then exited again at Arrellaga Street before
crashing into two vehicles at the intersection of Arrellaga and De La Vina Streets. After the crash, the
suspect jumped out of the stolen car and ran southbound on De La Vina Street. Sheriff's Deputies
chased the suspect over several fences and through backyards before he was apprehended at gunpoint.
An adult passenger and two small boys, ages six and four, were found in the stolen vehicle. Sheriff's
Deputies detained the female passenger who was later released after being questioned. She and the four
year old boy were not injured but the six year old boy was transported to a local hospital where he was
treated and released. The single occupants of the other two vehicles involved, a green Jeep Wrangler and
dark grey Honda CRV received injuries and were transported to the hospital. The Santa Barbara City Fire
Department assisted with providing medical attention and the Santa Barbara Police Department assisted
with traffic control.
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|| High Speed Chase: failure to yield on southbound Hwy 101 from Los Positas,
vehicle being tailed by SBSO.
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