Violent offender leads deputies on chase in North County
April 15, 2016
A San Luis Obispo man with a violent criminal history led San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase in North County on Thursday. After a 17-minute pursuit, deputies arrested Jason Robert McMaster, as well as his female passenger.
Shortly after 11 a.m., McMaster, 42, was driving eastbound on Highway 41 in rural Templeton when a deputy noticed McMaster’s white BMW had false registration tags and was traveling at an unsafe speed, according to a sheriff’s office press release. The deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop, but McMaster fled.
During the chase, McMaster, at times, exceeded 90 mph on rural county roads.
Deputies tracked down McMaster at the intersection of Creston Road and El Pomar Drive where he drove off the road to avoid a spike strip. Deputies then arrested McMaster and his female passenger.
When deputies searched the vehicle, they found a loaded handgun.
McMaster was charged with having an outstanding warrant, felony evading police and misdemeanor vehicle code violations. At the time, he was wanted for an outstanding a $100,000 warrant for the transportation of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale.
Deputies identified McMaster’s passenger as San Luis Obispo resident Chelsea Ann Deperna, 33. Deperna was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Both McMaster and Deperna currently remain in San Luis Obispo County Jail. McMaster’s bail is set at $625,000, and Deperna’s bail is set at $20,000.
In December, deputies stopped McMaster while he was riding a motorcycle in Grover Beach. They found an ounce of methamphetamine and body armor in his possession and arrested him.
In 2011, two months after McMaster was paroled from prison, he assaulted and threatened to kill police officers who responded to a call about a man acting strangely and yelling profanities at Santa Rosa Park in San Luis Obispo. McMaster violently resisted arrest, and several officers received abrasions and bruising during the skirmish. McMaster landed in the hospital with serious injuries.
After arresting McMaster in December, the sheriff’s office stated he was a known associate or member of a local criminal street gang. The sheriff’s office made no mention of McMaster’s alleged gang affiliation in Thursday’s news release.