Man flees with handcuff on his wrist in Nipomo
August 21, 2015
A Santa Maria man ran away from California Highway Patrol officers while he had a handcuff around his wrist, prompting an hours-long search in Nipomo. [KSBY]
On Thursday morning, the CHP received a call about a possibly abandoned vehicle on Widow Lane by Southland Street. When an officer arrived, a man was driving toward him in a vehicle matching the description of the one reported.
The CHP officer stopped the vehicle. After contacting the driver, the officer suspected he was under the influence.
The officer then determined the driver had a felony warrant in Riverside and misdemeanor warrants in Santa Barbara County. The suspect was identified as 34-year-old Damon Ramos.
Ramos ran away with the handcuff on his wrist while he was being arrested, officers say.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office then assisted the CHP in searching for Ramos. A helicopter participated in the search.
After a few hours, the CHP received a tip from a citizen that led them to Ramos, who was hiding nearby. Officers succeeded in arresting Ramos and booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail.
Ramos faces eight charges, including petty theft, felony false impersonation and misdemeanor escape after arrest with force, according to the sheriff’s office website. He remains in the jail with his bail set at $130,000.