Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Santa Maria Man for Evading
Orcutt - March 29th, 2012
A Santa Maria man is a facing several felony charges after fleeing Sheriff’s Deputies and crashing his car with a two year old child on board.
At approximately 11:55am on Thursday, March 29, 2012 Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of California Boulevard and Union Valley Parkway in Orcutt to investigate a report of domestic violence. At least one witness described seeing a woman exit a white SUV following some type of altercation.
A few minutes later, a Sheriff’s deputy observed the vehicle near Mooncrest Lane and Hummel Drive, but the driver refused to pull over and instead drove away. The deputy followed the vehicle as the suspect drove eastbound on Clark Avenue until reaching Old Dominion Road. The suspect reversed direction and headed back to Orcutt as a Sheriff’s helicopter followed the suspect from above.
At approximately 12:12pm, the suspect vehicle approached the area of Hummel and Foster Road at which time Sheriff’s deputies stopped following the suspect due to the number of citizens in the area.
At approximately 12:26pm the suspect vehicle ran a red light and collided with another vehicle at the intersection of East Betteravia Road and South Miller Street in the City of Santa Maria. A witness says the suspect then exited his vehicle with a toddler and got a ride from a passing motorist who drove the pair to a billiard hall on Carmen Lane.
That is where Sheriff’s deputies contacted Anthony Samuel Soto (DOB 1/6/86) and arrested him on several counts, including obstruction of an investigation (148 PC), reckless driving (23103 VC), and child endangerment (273(A)(A) PC). Soto will be booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail following treatment of facial injuries that he suffered in the traffic collision.
The two year old child, who is a relative of Soto, was not injured and was released to a family member. The driver of the other vehicle was not hurt in the collision which is being investigated by the Santa Maria Police Department. The Sheriff’s Office will continue the investigation into the original domestic violence call and ensuing criminal acts committed by Soto.
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