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Suspect Arrested After Vehicle and Foot Pursuit

Vandenberg Village, Calif. – A suspect who led deputies on a vehicle pursuit, followed by a foot pursuit has been arrested. On Saturday, August 6, 2022, at approximately 6:52 p.m., deputies initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle in the area of Highway 135 and Foster Road in Orcutt. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and drove towards the Lompoc area while committing numerous traffic violations. Additional resources from County Air Support, California Highway Patrol, Lompoc Police and a Sheriff’s K9 Unit responded to assist. Deputies learned that the registered owner of the vehicle, 29-year-old Clinton Cellona, had an outstanding no-bail felony warrant for his arrest.

The suspect continued to Highway 1 and exited on Constellation Road and turned into a housing area where he parked in the 100-block of Mizar Place and fled on foot into adjacent yards. Units spent over an hour searching for the suspect on the ground while County Air Support searched overhead and gave announcements to the suspect to surrender. Deputies exhausted their search at approximately 8:32 p.m. and released the auxiliary units.

At approximately 10:25 p.m., deputies responded to the 100-block of Mizar on a reported sighting of the suspect. When deputies arrived, they tracked the suspect to the 100-block of Alcor where he fled from them. Deputies used a less lethal bean bag launcher to take the suspect into custody, which resulted in injury to the suspect. Deputies provided first aid while medics responded. The suspect was transported by helicopter to an area hospital where he was booked in abstentia for two outstanding warrants as well as evading (felony), obstruction (misdemeanor), and loitering (misdemeanor). He is being held without bail and is expected to recover from his injuries. No deputies or members of the community were injured.

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