Criminal Charges Upgraded in Vehicle Pursuit Collision

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Source: Santa Barbara County District Attorney

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced that an amended complaint has been filed against Dinara Arevalo, 24, a resident of Lompoc, California.  Arevalo was charged on October 4, 2018, by a  complaint alleging one count of felony evading arrest causing bodily injury, in violation of Vehicle Code § 2800.3, and a special allegation of infliction of great bodily injury resulting in a comatose state, in violation of Penal Code § 12022.7(b).

The charges arose in connection with an October 1, 2018 traffic pursuit and collision that injured two occupants of another vehicle.  The passenger who was in a coma subsequently died on October 11, 2018.

The amended complaint alleges felony violations of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, in violation of Penal Code § 192(c)(1), and felony evading an officer causing death, in violation of Vehicle Code § 2800.3.  In addition, special allegations of infliction of great bodily injury, in violation of Penal Code § 12022.7(a) are alleged as to the surviving passenger.

Arevalo is scheduled to appear on October 18, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. in Dept. 1 of the Lompoc Superior Court. 

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JB86 Oct 20, 2018 11:29 AM
Criminal Charges Upgraded in Vehicle Pursuit Collision

I listened to the entire pursuit, and in fact Lompoc PD called off their units south of Jalama due to the extreme recklessness of the driver, who hit speeds up to 100 mph passing on the shoulder, and into on-coming traffic. She continued to drive this way even after LPD shut down. CHP picked it up near the 101 junction. In this case I don't think police really had a choice. This lady was bound to crash whether pursued or not. If you don't know, the original want was because she was reported as acting '5150' at a Lompoc location, then fled to avoid police contact.

a-1581932587 Oct 19, 2018 12:00 PM
Criminal Charges Upgraded in Vehicle Pursuit Collision

The lesson is do not run from cops. Like the guy who jumped the fence on lower Chapala to avoid arrest. He ran across three lanes, jumped up on the planter strip in the middle of the freeway, but the spot on the planter did not have was the opening to the State St. undercrossing. He fell to his death after striking the pedestrian railing. Very sad.

ZeroHawk Oct 19, 2018 09:42 AM
Criminal Charges Upgraded in Vehicle Pursuit Collision

sad, but was it really something that needed to be pursued as a high speed chase? more often than not, the knee jerk reaction to pursue at a high speed ends up causing death. the CHP and local PD had a decision to make about this and they decided to pursue at high speeds when it was unsafe to do so. i lost a friend once in Camarillo. A sunday morning 9am high speed pursuit through the middle of town. My buddy was on his way to golf. Police cruiser tboned his car. he died several weeks later in pain. The officer was released from duty. Sad end to a sad story.

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