Santa Barbara Police Arrest Fleeing Felon

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

On February 4, 2021 at approximately 9:45 P.M., a Santa Barbara Police Department specialized team conducted a premise check on a business in the 3600 Block of State Street.

In the parking lot, Officers identified a previously reported stolen vehicle that they believed was unoccupied. As Officers approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, they observed a male reclined in the seat in an attempt to avoid detection. 

After receiving verbal commands to exit the vehicle, the driver, Santa Barbara resident Julio Ochoa, age 29, began to reverse his vehicle into the unoccupied patrol vehicle. All of the officers had to quickly get out of the way to avoid being struck by the vehicle.

After striking the patrol vehicle, Ochoa then attempted to drive his vehicle over a small cement wall in an attempt to flee. He subsequently collided with another parked vehicle. One of the Officers was able to break the driver's window of the suspect’s vehicle and utilize his Taser to stop the ongoing and deadly threat.

No Officers were injured in this incident. The Police vehicle sustained major damage and had to be towed. Ochoa sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision.

Ochoa was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for 245 PC, 10851 CVC, 11364 HS, 594 PC, seven arrest warrants and a parole violation.

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ConservativeSB Feb 05, 2021 12:46 PM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Fleeing Felon

Other than that he is an all around great guy.... and due to emergency status was released without bail within 35 seconds of arriving at county jail... I'm curious if anyone will post photos of the scene and talk about how they never expected this in their sleepy little town

SB_TAHOE Feb 06, 2021 10:28 AM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Fleeing Felon

7 warrants and parole violation, I’m confident he’s still in jail. You sound bitter and hateful, maybe you should move to one of the Dakotas.

CoastWatch Feb 05, 2021 02:11 PM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Fleeing Felon

Jerk ruined a beautiful Crown Vic Police Interceptor, which they are no longer making- I hope a car guy in jail administers a dose...

Basicinfo805 Feb 05, 2021 06:12 PM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Fleeing Felon

Wow, what next? It's a real shame we do not currently have real penalties for criminals like this. This clown should be locked up for a long time. But hey, around here it looks like we're getting stuck with letting these kind of fools go right back into action. Between the 'defund the police' crowd and the clueless priorities of elected officials, well...that's where we are. Rules and Laws matter. Law enforcement is necessary.

ChillinGrillin Feb 06, 2021 01:09 AM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Fleeing Felon

There are kooks on both sides, I don’t paint conservatives I know as delusional Capitol rioters and looters. Same as the overwhelming majority of liberals don’t want to completely defund police, or replace cops with vegan drum circles, or whatever the stupid alternative of the ultra liberals is. Reasonable folks in the “defund the police” crowd want to reallocate funding. There is very little justification for law enforcement to own military-grade armored personnel carriers and grenade launchers (local cops have multiple of both). The same money could be spent on a mental health program that isn’t a mean joke, or on more officer positions for community policing that actually works.

SBWalkers Feb 06, 2021 08:07 AM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Fleeing Felon

"Defund" the police, was a word grabbed in haste and is now used as a standard. I doubt anyone would want to 'defund'. The more appropriate word would be "refund" the police.

a-1612679927 Feb 06, 2021 10:38 PM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Fleeing Felon

There are many cities that have indeed defunded the police (NY, LA) and even a few that have completely removed the funding (Minneapolis).

Luvaduck Feb 06, 2021 07:30 AM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Fleeing Felon

Put him in leg chains and make him work off the cost of the damage scrubbing off graffiti, picking up trash, cleaning latrines in homeless shelters--any job that requires no brain and doesn't put county employees out-of-work. No work = bread & water. Draconian but sends a message.

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