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Santa Maria Police Busy with Several Incidents Tuesday Night

SANTA MARIA – The Santa Maria Police Department was kept busy Tuesday night with several incidents. Just before midnight, The Santa Maria Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting an adult male armed with a handgun in the 300 block of N. Miller. The reporting party gave officers a description of the suspect as well as his vehicle. Police were able to spot the suspect in his vehicle and pull him over. Police say the suspect, 35-year-old Michael Russ, was found in possession of a loaded firearm and arrested. Just after midnight, an 18-year-old man was arrested after leading Santa Maria police on a 30-minute chase. Police say Paul McCormack of Santa Maria didn’t stop when they tried to pull him over for a traffic violation. McCormack led police officers on a 22-mile pursuit through Santa Maria, Orcutt and onto the northbound side of Highway 101. The pursuit stopped when McCormack stopped his car and ran away. A police canine named Targo was able to nab the suspect. McCormack was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for felony evading and being an unlicensed driver. Early Wednesday morning, police arrested three teenagers for allegedly trying to steal a vehicle. A spokesperson for the Santa Maria Police Department tells KEY News, that three teens were spotted burglarizing a car near the intersection of Oakley and Morrison just after one a.m. When officers arrived on scene they saw three suspects running from the area. A female juvenile was detained and subsequently arrested for vehicle burglary, as well as, 19-year-old Eli Moises Aguilar. Police charged Aguilar with vehicle burglary and resisting arrest. Police booked the underage girl into the Santa Maria Juvenile Hall and Aguilar into the Santa Barbara County Jail. The third suspect got away. He is described as a Hispanic male between 16 and 18 years old. Anyone with information regarding this incident, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-800-9100

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