Deputies arrested Goleta woman after a quick pursuit following a gas station clerk called 9-1-1 on a suspicious suspect in Goleta Sunday night.
Just before midnight, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a gas station and convenience store on Winchester Canyon in Goleta to investigate a report of a suspicious subject who had walked into the store wearing a hoodie and gloves. The clerk was concerned that the store was about to be robbed and that a dark grey minivan parked at the gas station was possibly associated with the suspicious male subject.
When Deputies arrived they spotted a minivan matching the description from the clerk behind the gas station. As Deputies approached the minivan, it quickly left the scene. Deputies pursued the minivan under the suspicion that the van was associated with the possible robbery.
Deputies say the van did not yield and ran through several stop signs. The pursuit continued for five minutes before the van slowed, jumped a curb and hit a street sign on Hollister Ave by Frederick Lopez Road. The driver fled the scene on foot and after a short foot pursuit was detained.
Deputies took the driver, Maryam Burgazi of Goleta, 35, into custody without further incident.
Deputies say the gas station never reported a robbery and the suspicious male was never located.
Deputies arrested Burgazi on charges of evading a peace officer, reckless driving, and fleeing the scene of a traffic collision. She was also booked on several outstanding warrants for trespassing, possession of a controlled substance, misappropriation of lost property, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest. She is being held at the Santa Barbara County Jail on $265,000 bail.