Paso Robles woman leads CHP on chase from Santa Maria to Atascadero

August 16, 2020

A DUI suspect led officers on a high-speed chase from Santa Maria to Atascadero on Friday, eventually getting arrested after kicking and biting officers, according to the CHP.

Santa Maria police officers began pursuing the DUI suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Miranda Alexus Baro of Paso Robles, at approximately 12:02 p.m. Baro, who was driving a 2013 Honda Civic, headed onto southbound Highway 101 at Stowell Road, prompting police to request assistance from the CHP.

CHP officers took over the chase but could not immediately locate Baro’s vehicle. The suspect was last spotted traveling northbound on Highway 101 near Betteravia Road.

A 911 caller reported the suspect was driving recklessly on northbound Highway 101 approaching Tefft Street in Nipomo.

Shortly afterwards, CHP officers in SLO County located the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop on northbound Highway 101 at 4th Street.

Baro did not stop and the chase continued. Baro led officers northbound at speeds reaching more than 100 mph, sometimes driving on the right shoulder or the median.

Officers twice deployed spike strips, but Baro managed to evade them and lead officers into North County.

At about 12:40 p.m., Baro was approaching Santa Barbara Road when she drove onto the median and attempted to pass a Volkswagen Atlas. Baro’s vehicle collided with the Volkswagen, causing its driver to lose control, go off the highway and overturn in an embankment. The driver of the Volkswagen sustained minor injuries, and an ambulance came out to the scene.

Baro continued fleeing northbound and then exited the highway at Santa Barbara Road, heading west into Atascadero. CHP officers terminated the chase, and shortly afterwards, Baro stopped on Atascadero Avenue south of Santa Rosa Road.

Officers took Baro into custody, but not before she allegedly kicked and bit officers. As Baro resisted arrest, officers used control holds in order to take her into custody.

Officers transported Baro to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton for a chemical test.

Officers booked Baro into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of felony evading and felony DUI.

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The current No Bail situation is from SLO courthouse not the state anymore .Even parollees arrested for 1 pound of Meth and possession of a loaded firearm meanwhile on early parole and community supervision are being givin a ticket .

This young lady needs to pursue a career in auto racing …Take her high speed driving off the streets and put them to use on the track

Seems like that fancy PIT maneuver would have been just the ticket BEFORE she ran an honest citizen off the road!

No doubt they have already released her with NO bail.. don’t want the poor baby locked up she might get sick. Oh wait, she is already sick…. in the head.

I’ve been hearing this a lot lately from sadly misinformed folks like yourself. Not only did the Covid zero-bail policy end on June 30, but this specific offense would not even apply for zero bail.

You need to research further. Zero bail is still going on due to COVID. People arrested for most crimes are cited out immediately, or released a few hours later after being processed at a county jail…right back into the streets to commit additional crimes. Innocent until proven guilty is not a free pass back into society…you are provided a fair trial, free defense, and a presumption of innocence. Zero bail, added to the prison realignment that leftislators implemented in CA a few years ago, will definitely make mercut feel a lot better about the incarceration statistics, but it sure as heck isn’t going to make it any safer for any of us.

I read a lot of complaints about the no bail policy that was accelerated by Covid concerns. The no bail policy has been in the pipeline before Covid came on the scene.

The thought process by our one party State is that being poor and not being able to post bail is unfair and discriminatory.

Courts are to decide the punishment for crimes, not a persons financial ability.

Pimps, drug dealers and wealthy individuals that can afford to make bail are ok to let out, but poor idiots are not?

Innocent until proven guilty is supposed to be our justice system, not guilty based on financial status. Let them out and when they are proven guilty, throw the book at them!!!

Well, riddle me this Boldguy, why is it that the U.S. has, by far, not even close, the highest incarceration rates of any nation in the world?

The U.S. jails 655 individuals per 100,000 population. That is grossly out of kilter with Japan: 40 per 100k; China (a totalitarian nation): 120 per 100k; Australia: 160 per 100k; Canada: 114 per 100k; England and Wales: 146 per 100k; Germany: 80 per 100k; etc., ad nauseam.

What’s wrong with us? I keep reading how America has been made GREAT again and how we treat everybody equally.

Please, tell an old man why we need to put so many humans behind bars in this country. I’m certainly interested in your explanation.

Probably has a lot to do with the 1994 crime bill that Joe Biden help author and Bill Clinton signed into law. The one that introduced the three strikes rule. Joe Biden still stands behind the bill.

Any answer I would give, or anybody else’s for that matter, would be purely anecdotal, there is no real answer to your question, as to why the United States has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world:(

Our incarceration, recidivism, crime and murder rates, are all at the top of the charts!!!

So the real answer would be, whatever we’re doing isn’t working, and there doesn’t seem to be any will to change the system we have:(

Politicians in some areas around the country are lowering the incarceration rate by letting most of the criminals back out on the streets, but that seems to come with a spike in crime rates!!!

High crime rates, higher insurance rates, higher everything except quality of life. Our founding fathers were intellectuals (maybe not saints) and were not ignorant to the studies of Rousseau, Locke, & Hobbes….society exists through social contract, each individual has a choice to fulfill their social contract and coexist, or reap the consequences (which in our government system is jail/prison…which is far more humane than other systems). In all fairness, for those that feel prisons aren’t a good option, I’d vote for a proposition that allows you all to house them and care for them during their sentence!

There are plenty of answers to why. I’ll give you one of the major ones. Our system doesn’t give prisoners the proper help / training / skills before they return to society. Most are reincarnated over and over again, a brutal cycle for both the prisoners and their families and communities. We need to teach our prisoners how to contribute to society, not just let them make the same mistake over and over again.

This argument assumes that criminals will willingly turn themselves in. Good luck with that!

Um, yeah…let’s hear from all the “defund the police” types on this…