Santa Maria police fail to catch fleeing suspect
January 29, 2013
Santa Maria police officers captured the vehicle, but not the man they were chasing Monday afternoon. [KSBY]
Officers chased after a stolen car in the 500 block of West Mill Street around 12:10 p.m. Monday, but ended the pursuit because they were concerned about safety. The police later found the vehicle abandoned near Atlantic Place and North Railroad Avenue.
Some Santa Maria schools entered lockdown as a result of the chase.
Police say the driver was a Hispanic man with a goatee and a shaved head. A Hispanic woman with red, curly hair was also in the vehicle.
Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the day a Santa Maria police officer shot and killed a fellow officer. The officer who died was best friends with the officer who killed him.
On January 28, 2012, officer Matt Kline attempted to arrest Albert Covarrubias Jr. for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The 29-year-old Covarrubias fired his gun when officers tried to arrest him, prompting Kline to return fire and kill him.