Vehicle Pursued by CHP Causes Injuries on Highway 101

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Vehicle Pursued by CHP Causes Injuries on Highway 101
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(Photos: Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Update by edhat staff
6:45 p.m., October 1, 2018

A vehicle pursued by law enforcement collided with another vehicle on Highway 101 near Refugio State Beach causing both vehicles to roll over with occupants sustaining injuries Monday evening.

At 5:05 p.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to Highway 101 southbound lanes, just north of Refugio, for a reported two vehicle accident.

Upon arrival, fire crews discovered that one vehicle, described as a passenger car driven by a female, was being pursued by California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Lompoc Police. The pursuit originated in Lompoc and it's unknown at this time what precipitated the event.

According to Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni, the vehicle being pursued had lost control and collided with a pickup truck in its path. The passenger vehicle rolled and ended up in the center divider. The female driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital via ground ambulance.

The pickup truck had also rolled and rested next to a tree by the railroad tracks. There were two male occupants inside who required minor extrication. Both sustained moderate injuries and were transported to Cottage Hospital in an ambulance. 

As of 6:45 p.m., Captain Zaniboni stated Highway 101 southbound is down to one lane with significant traffic delays in the area. The railroad system also remains closed and is expected to reopen in an hour.

CHP is investigating this incident.


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
5:32 p.m., October 1, 2018

CHP was in pursuit of a vehicle with a woman driver and child inside the vehicle the female driver crashed rolled the vehicle last I heard they were getting the occupants out of the vehicle.

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millimesa Oct 01, 2018 10:33 PM
Vehicle Pursued by CHP Causes Injuries on Highway 101

With 3 fatal crashes occurring over the last 2 weeks along Highway 1, without the presence of a police chase, one has to wonder why the LPD, SBSO, and eventually CHP concluded it was a good idea to follow in chase at 100MPH in dangerous conditions. I witnessed the remains of these cars as I drove by this evening and they resembled crumpled foil balls.

JB86 Oct 01, 2018 10:08 PM
Vehicle Pursued by CHP Causes Injuries on Highway 101

The original issue arose in Lompoc, where police were dispatched to an issue involving a '51-50' individual. Upon arrival, the female ran from police prior to contact, got in the vehicle and fled. Police indicated she was experiencing a 'mental breakdown.' LPD gave up the pursuit on southbound Hwy1 prior to the junction with US 101 southbound, where CHP took it up again, following at speeds up to 100mph, with the suspect passing traffic outside driving lanes, until she crashed into the pickup. All three victims were transported to SB cottage Hospital

Roger Oct 01, 2018 06:14 PM
Vehicle Pursued by CHP Causes Injuries on Highway 101

Just heard there is a vehicle upside down on the RR tracks just South of Gavoita might be part of this so the trains will be delayed also.. The tracks have to be inspected for damage.

Roger Oct 01, 2018 05:49 PM
Vehicle Pursued by CHP Causes Injuries on Highway 101

The pursuit started earlier and was terminated for safety reasons unknown how or where it picked up again or why the female was running from the police. Unknown circumstances or condition of female and child..

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