SPPD: Arrest follows chase through city, Highway 126 exit accident
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Police Department
Published: January 11, 2013
A pursuit ended Monday with the arrest of a Santa Paula man on various charges, including leading police on a chase at the wheel of a stolen car.
According to Santa Paula Police Sgt. Cody Madison, the incident occurred January 7 at about 6:57 p.m. when Sr. Officer Juan Alvarado observed an “older model black Honda Civic driving without a license plate at the intersection” of Santa Paula and 12th streets. “As Senior Officer Alvarado attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle,” the vehicle fled at a “high rate of speed” westbound on Santa Barbara Street.
The vehicle - at times traveling at speeds of up to approximately 60 mph and blasting through five stop signs - headed south on Ojai Street, turned east onto Ventura Street, went eastbound on Harvard Boulevard and followed it as it became East Telegraph Road. At that point the suspect turned right onto Hallock Drive and entered the westbound Highway 126.
At that time the pursuit was discontinued and the police officer followed the vehicle at the speed limit. Madison said the vehicle exited the westbound off ramp at Palm Avenue and collided with the curb. At that point the driver and a passenger jumped out of the vehicle and were observed fleeing the scene.
“After a short foot pursuit the driver, who was identified as Aaron Pacheco, age 28, of Santa Paula, was taken into custody” and, Madison stated, the “passenger remains outstanding at this time.” Through further investigation Santa Paula Police determined the vehicle, an older model black Honda Civic, had been reported stolen out of the City of Ventura.
Pacheco was later transported to Ventura County Main Jail and charged with suspicion of stealing the vehicle, evading police, reckless driving, obstructing a police officer, and possession of graffiti tools. He was also found to have an outstanding felony warrant for possession of a loaded firearm.
Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to contact the Santa Paula Police Department, 525-4474. If the caller would prefer to remain anonymous, they can call the SPPD recorded Tip Hotline, 933-4253-1-#.
Those with information can also call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477). Ventura County Crime Stoppers can also be contacted by texting “Busted” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stopper Tips can also be sent via the website, www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org.
Tipsters can be eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.