Santa Barbara Police Arrest Fleeing Felon
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.