Los Angeles Man Arrested after Shoplifting, Fleeing, and Colliding with Motorists

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Los Angeles Man Arrested after Shoplifting, Fleeing, and Colliding with Motorists
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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department
October 12, 2017

Los Angeles Man Apprehended Following Theft from Solvang Business and Fleeing the Scene of Several Collisions

At approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning, October 11, 2017, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a suspected robbery at VIP Tobacco located in the 600 block of Alamo Pintado Road in the City of Solvang. Two suspects, a male and a female, were reportedly involved in the crime. The suspects were last seen leaving the parking lot in a red Mitsubishi Eclipse. A matching vehicle passed responding deputies at HWY 246 and Casino Way. The deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, activating overhead emergency lights but the suspect vehicle refused to yield and sped away.

The driver, who was later identified as being 31-year-old Demetrius Ford of Los Angeles, merged onto Highway 154 driving at a high rate of speed. Due to public safety concerns, deputies terminated the pursuit. Several minutes later, Ford crashed into several motorists in 3500 block of Highway 154. One of the victims sustained minor injuries.

Deputies responded to the area and discovered that Ford had fled the accident scene in his vehicle. He subsequently rammed a closed gate at a neighboring ranch in the 4000 block of Highway 154 and then collided with a tree. Ford continued to avoid capture by fleeing on foot from the crash scene and attempted to steal another vehicle parked at the ranch. Deputies were able to access the locked vehicle via a window and removed Ford from the truck, taking him into custody without further incident. It was later determined that the unknown female was not in the vehicle that Ford was driving. An investigation is continuing to determine her identity and level of involvement.

Personnel from the Santa Barbara County Firefighters and American Medical Response responded, treated Ford and transported him to the hospital with moderate injuries. He was booked in absentia on an outstanding no-bail drug-related probation warrant out of Los Angeles County as well as the following local charges: providing a false name to a peace officer, shoplifting, reckless evading, felony hit and run resulting in injury, felony vandalism, resisting/threatening a peace officer, vehicle theft, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of tear gas by a prohibited person/felon and driving on a suspended license.

Ford will be transported to the Santa Barbara County Jail after he is medically cleared from the hospital.


Update by Santa Barbara County Fire Department
9:31 a.m., October 11, 2017

Santa Barbara County firefighters and paramedics work on a suspect on the Lone Star Ranch off Highway 154 following the Santa Barbara Sheriff Officers pursuit. 

Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
9:31 a.m., October 11, 2017

A shoplifting suspect now started a pursuit on Alamo Pintado, the vehicle is on Highway 154 heading towards Goleta.

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Roger Oct 13, 2017 06:32 PM
Los Angeles Man Arrested after Shoplifting, Fleeing, and Colliding with Motorists

It would have been a lot more less significant if the jerk would have not ripped off the tobacco store or just pulled over and not caused injuries to innocent folks instead he smashed into their vehicles trying to get a way. People from out of town to come here to break the law, take note We got the toughest Law Dogs in the state you will be busted doing stupid things.

Roger Oct 11, 2017 10:15 AM
Los Angeles Man Arrested after Shoplifting, Fleeing, and Colliding with Motorists

Information on a 2nd suspect in the vehicle coming from the suspect who the Sheriff Officer says is attempting to lay the blame on someone else they maybe no one else involved they are going to check the area for others...This is pretty much all on him a bad decision on his part...Dummy running from a shoplifting rap and a warrant now there's a whole bouquet of felonies......SBSO out with the Forest Service K-9 attempting a track for a possible 2nd suspect....

Roger Oct 11, 2017 10:08 AM
Los Angeles Man Arrested after Shoplifting, Fleeing, and Colliding with Motorists

Sounds like there is another wanted subject a female who agreed to an interview everyone's going code 3 again I'm not sure what's up the call is making me dizzy...Fire and Medics responding code 3 for the suspect who was injured. I believe they are looking for the female half now..WFA in her 20's blond hair wearing a grey cashier sweater Air support responding...

Roger Oct 11, 2017 09:58 AM
Los Angeles Man Arrested after Shoplifting, Fleeing, and Colliding with Motorists

But maybe he left her elsewhere because pursuit vehicle is reporting only the suspect was seen going past the pursuit vehicle...The female is at the scene of the theft I don't think she is involved with this ARS HAT Who caused possibly 2 accidents and at least one injury.....The female is at the Tobacco shop to be interviewed by SBSO...

Roger Oct 11, 2017 09:51 AM
Los Angeles Man Arrested after Shoplifting, Fleeing, and Colliding with Motorists

Heading toward a white barn on a property North County trying to contain maintain visual back toward Lake Cachuma jumped a fence toward a barn...Stop all the foot pursuing Black Dodge pickup truck? in a vehicle breaking the window...Subject detained...Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!

Roger Oct 11, 2017 09:44 AM
Los Angeles Man Arrested after Shoplifting, Fleeing, and Colliding with Motorists

They want to stop it before it hits a populated area....NO ROBBERY THEFT ONLY...Male driver Possible female in the vehicle also now guilty of hit and run sounds 20001 Felony with injuries...Plus the idiot has warrants...ON FOOT SUBJECT RUNNING HE CRASHED AGAIN THEY ARE GOING TO GET HIM! FOOT PURSUIT WEST BOUND WMA THIN BUILD...

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