Suspect Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit that Ended in Lompoc

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Suspect Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit that Ended in Lompoc
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Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Goleta man that fled from a traffic stop in Santa Barbara and was tracked to Lompoc. On Friday, January 7, 2022, at approximately 2:35p.m., deputies were dispatched to the 1000-block of Via Regina in Santa Barbara to investigate a suspicious vehicle that appeared to be involved in possible drug sales. When deputies arrived, they contacted a male driver and female passenger inside a black Jeep Cherokee. The driver, who gave deputies a false name, was asked to exit the vehicle and instead drove away from the traffic stop.

Deputies pursued the vehicle onto the northbound 101 freeway, until he reached a construction zone near El Capitan, where they terminated the pursuit in the interest of public safety. After terminating their pursuit, deputies identified the driver as 33-year-old Alan Kilgore of Goleta. A records check of Kilgore revealed that he had outstanding warrants for his arrest. The California Highway Patrol was advised of the wanted vehicle and staged in the area of Highway 101 and Highway 1 where they initiated a traffic stop, and Kilgore failed to pull over. CHP pursued Kilgore towards the city of Lompoc as County Air Support arrived overhead. As Kilgore approached Ocean Avenue, CHP terminated their pursuit in the interest of safety.

County Air Support tracked Kilgore’s vehicle through Lompoc as he continued to drive recklessly, at times on the wrong side of the road and running red lights with nobody perusing him, until he came to a stop at the north end of Riverbend Park. Kilgore and the female passenger exited the black Jeep and forced the driver of a silver Honda Accord out of their vehicle and drove away with it. Deputies caught up to Kilgore driving with the female as the passenger in the Honda in the lower parking lot of Riverbend Park. A deputy intentionally rammed (see Sheriff’s Office policy 314 here) the Honda which was traveling at low speeds in the parking lot, effectively disabling it and stopping Kilgore from further endangering the public. Deputies took Kilgore into custody at 5:22 p.m. and he will be booked at the Main Jail. Charges and bail amounts are pending.

There were no significant injuries to the carjacking victim, deputies, the suspect or his passenger. The adult female passenger was determined to be an unwilling participant and a suspected victim of kidnapping. Her identity is not available for release.


Reported by Scanner Andrew
3:12 p.m., January 7, 2022

A vehicle pursuit has ended in Lompoc that started in Goleta

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JB86 Jan 07, 2022 04:25 PM
Suspect Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit that Ended in Lompoc

Weird that Lompoc didn't want to get involved, even as the pursuit entered their city. They were asked, when the pursuit was near Jalama, if they could spike the veh prior to Lompoc city - they said, we can't do that. Got everyone's attention when the carjacking went down. Everybody but LPD was on it then. The person carjacked was a Lompoc resident. The guy could have been stopped easily on Hwy 1 prior to Lompoc.

JB86 Jan 07, 2022 05:01 PM
Suspect Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit that Ended in Lompoc

Exactly right. Before the CHP pursuit got to El Jaro Creek, Sheriffs had stopped southbound traffic at Santa Rosa and then northbound traffic at Jalama after the pursuit passed. Between Jalama and 246 there are a lot of narrow parts where the suspect could not have evaded spikes...This would have avoided the carjack and ram-stop.

JB86 Jan 07, 2022 05:05 PM
Suspect Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit that Ended in Lompoc

-2157 ; In this case they DID call off the pursuit in Lompoc, until the hijacking. What were they supposed to do? Just let the bad guy go? The pursuit in the City and carjack would have been avoided entirely if LPD had set up a spike on Hwy 1 south of the city, but for whatever reason, they didn't wanna play.

a-1641662969 Jan 08, 2022 09:29 AM
Suspect Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit that Ended in Lompoc

JB86 exactly that. The risk of the suspect hitting someone at high speed in a populated area is almost certainly greater than the risk of them "going free" from whatever crime or infraction they chose to run from, so calling it off was the right call. Unless this person was a murderer on the loose, I see no reason to pursue. Spike strips just open Lompoc and other LE up to massive lawsuits.

bumblebee Jan 08, 2022 01:49 PM
Suspect Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit that Ended in Lompoc

Idiot behaves badly doing something like stealing a car. Idiot gets caught in act by cops. Idiot is now encouraged to speed away because he knows cops won't follow if he speeds and drives recklessly and endangers innocent lives.
Idiot escapes to be able to behave badly another day.

edney Jan 10, 2022 11:22 AM
Suspect Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit that Ended in Lompoc

What if the person carjacked fell was seriously injured?
People who choose to run for it are generally speaking, not thinking rationally.
These people were not being pursued in Lompoc City Limits and they stll ran red lights, drove on the wrong side of the road and then carjacked someone.
The decision to stop pursuit did not have a positive effect on their behavior.

I wonder if Lompoc PD, SB Sheriff, CHP would be found liable for inaction if someone had gotten hurt or killed in a wrong way collision or during the carjacking because they did not stop the driver on the 1 before they entered city streets

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