Police Chase Through Downtown Santa Barbara Leads to Major Injury
Update by the Santa Barbara Police Department
4:30 p.m., June 6, 2023
On June 6, 2023, at 12:25 pm, Santa Barbara Police responded to a disturbance in the 1900 block of De La Vina Street. The reporting party called police dispatch to report a subject was pounding on the windows and attempting to enter a locked door of a local business.
Officers arrived and contacted the subject without incident. The subject was asked to leave the property and they complied. As the subject was leaving in their vehicle, they struck a retaining wall.
In the 2000 block of Bath Street the officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, and a good Samaritan attempted to prevent the vehicle from leaving the traffic stop by standing in front of it. The driver struck the good Samaritan, fled the scene, and a pursuit was initiated. Officers rendered life-saving measures and medical aid to the good Samaritan until Fire Department Personnel and AMR Paramedics arrived. The good Samaritan was transported to Cottage Hospital with serious injuries.
Officers were able to arrest the suspect in the 2300 block of Carlton Way at 1:36 pm. There are multiple components to this incident, and the investigation is active and ongoing at this time. More information will be provided as soon as it is available.
Hit and run suspect leaves a pedestrian badly wounded and leads police on a chase that ends on the Santa Barbara Mesa. A citizen in the area joins in followed by a police take down. Awaiting more details and charges. pic.twitter.com/U2GavwQlGB
— John Palminteri (@JohnPalminteri) June 7, 2023
By Geo Duarte, Scanner Reporter
2:45 p.m., June 6, 2023
According to the emergency traffic scanner, Santa Barbara Police led a chase through downtown Santa Barbara on Tuesday.
It's unknown what the initial call was but a pedestrian was struck near Bath and Mission Streets and sustained life threating injuries.
The pursuit proceeded to Las Positas then onto Cliff Drive. The Toyota Tacoma then turned right on Mesa Lane. At the end of Mesa Lane the subject kept going around the block at 5 miles per hour for almost 20 minutes.
Highway Patrol was called in and joined the chase as they planned to use a spike strip. The top of Cooper and Mesa Lane were blocked off from incoming traffic.
Someone put a shopping cart on the westbound side of Mesa Lane, the suspect struck it and kept slowly circling. One officer mentioned this is a suspected DUI.
Police surround suspect vehicle in Santa Barbara's Mesa neighborhood (Photo: Geo Duarte)
UPDATE by Geo:
About 2:30 PM. The first scanner report of this incident was a" single vehicle accident into a wall." The man was told to leave a business on the 2000 block of De La Vina because he was banging on the windows of the establishment. This is how it began and escalated immediately as the man was leaving he backed up into a retaining wall. And, left the scene, a pursuit ensued.
It sounds like the man that was run over on or near Mission St. was attempting to prevent the truck from continuing; he was then run over. I believe this is attempted murder at this point. Some of his family members may have been present, no other details at this point. Some bystanders were wondering if this was Grand Theft Auto? This is not believed to be the case.
Apparently a resident working on his lawn approached the truck and jumped on the vehicles side-step attempting to negotiate with the driver. The driver then grabbed the man by the collar. This distraction caused the driver to stop and with weapons drawn SBPD approached the truck and pulled the assailant out of the truck. This Felony Stop turned into a bit of a wrestling match with police. The suspect was overpowered by several officers and handcuffed. The man then casually went back to mowing his lawn. Officers were not pleased with this stunt and requested to see the resident's ID due to his unwelcome participation. Dangerous move!
Photos by Geo Duarte