Carjacker smashes driver’s windshield in Nipomo
January 27, 2016
A man suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol succeeded in carjacking a vehicle Tuesday in Nipomo, but he failed in an escape attempt. As sheriff’s deputies arrested the man, he passed out and was taken by an ambulance to a local hospital.
Around 2:08 p.m., the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a man running in circles in the middle of the road near the intersection of W. Tefft Street and N. Thompson Avenue. Witnesses said the man had a large wrench in his hand.
A driver came to a stop in order to avoid hitting the man. The suspect then jumped on top of the car and used a wrench to smash the windshield, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
The driver exited the vehicle, and the suspect got inside and began to drive away. He failed to escape because other drivers used their vehicles to box him in.
Deputies arrived at the scene and detained the man, whom the sheriff’s office has identified as 35-year-old Coachella resident Soloni Santini Lucio.
While being handcuffed, Lucio passed out. An ambulance then transported him to a hospital.
He remained hospitalized Tuesday evening.
Deputies found a substance on Lucio which they believe was illegal narcotics. Investigators are testing the substance to determine what it is.
Lucio faces potential charges of carjacking, vehicle theft and DUI.