Arson, a high-speed chase and a standoff in Atascadero

August 27, 2019

Firefighters arrived to a house fire in Atascadero on Monday evening to find the home engulfed in flames, prompting a closure of a section of El Camino Real and a search for an alleged arsonist. [Cal Coast Times]

At about 7 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire at 1535 El Camino Real and quickly discovered the cause appeared to be arson. Shortly before firefighters arrived, a small truck quickly fled the home, witnesses told investigators.

Officers discovered the truck belonged to Charles Scovell, a resident of the home.

Shortly before midnight, an Atascadero police officer located Scovell’s truck leaving Motel 6 on El Camino Real and attempted to stop the vehicle. Scovell sped away and a vehicle pursuit ensued.

Officers pursued Scovell into Paso Robles and onto Highway 46 East past Airport Road. Scovell turned around and the pursuit continued back to the City of Paso Robles.

At the intersection of 46 East and the Highway 101, Scovell got out of his truck.

Scovell, however, refused to comply with officer commands and a K9 was deployed. Before the dog could get to him, Scoville got back into his vehicle and took off southbound on Highway 101 at speeds of more than 100 mph.

Officers laid down spike strips on southbound Highway 101 at Curbaril Avenue, which slowed but did not stop Scovell.

Officers later located Scovell’s truck in the driveway of Motel 6 in Atascadero, where Scovell had rented a room. Officers surrounded Scovell’s room and called for him to surrender, but he refused.

Because of Scovell‘s violent history and ownership of firearms, the San Luis Obispo County Special Enforcement Detail was called to assist.

Following a lengthy standoff, Scovell was eventually taken into custody after deputies forced entry into his room.

Medical personnel transported transported Scovell to Twin Cities Hospital for injuries sustained during the incident. After he is released from the hospital, officers plan to book him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail for evading a peace officer, resisting arrest, and other related charges.

Investigators are asking anyone with any information regarding the arson to contact Sergeant Jeff Wilshusen at (805) 461-5051


Times, they are a changin


Maybe this was just his way of trying to be noticed. Will he run again for mayor? Can’t be much worse than what is there now.


Well that wasn’t very Mayor like, was it?


He is lacking attention


I moved to the Central Coast in 1987, I don’t remember the news being this intense and awful. High speed chases, arson, murders, city employees pummeling random strangers, embezzlement, etc.


Yeah…imagine if you’d been here before that. It was such a great place to grow up. Now, not so much.


I have lived in Los Osos since I moved up from Orange County, and the population has almost tripled in that time! SLO is putting in hundreds if not thousands of new houses, oh well, progress is inevitable I guess.


And still not enough professional work to properly support the imported bodies.

The planning is so bad, it makes my head hurt.


You’ll never take me alive, copahs!

That only works in movies, tweaker.