VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - Ventura County Sheriff's deputies arrested three adults and one 17-year-old after attempting to pull over a car that was speeding and driving recklessly on the US 101.
The Sheriff's Office said shortly after 12 a.m. on April 22, a patrol deputy from the Headquarters Station saw a white Nissan Altima make several unsafe driving violations before accelerating onto the southbound US 101 freeway.
Deputies said that once the Altima was on the freeway, it exceeded 120 miles per hour.
In response, the deputy turned on his lights and sirens and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. However, the Altima failed to stop.
The car reportedly almost caused several traffic collisions as it fled from the pursuing deputies. It then exited the freeway and drove into a nearby neighborhood where it parked in a driveway and the occupants fled on foot.
At this time, the suspects were identified only as a man and two women. All three managed to get away from deputies that day.
Deputies said that they were able to identify the driver of the Altima as a 17-year-old gang member from the City of Oxnard.
During the investigation, detectives learned that the teenager was a runaway from a group home and had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest.
On May 7, detectives with the Sheriff’s Gang Unit and Camarillo Special Enforcement Unit learned the 17-year-old boy was residing on Raemere Street in Camarillo. Detectives conducted a probation search at the residence but were told by Alvaro Magallon and Juan Sanchez that the teen was not in the house.
After several minutes, detectives said they did find the 17-year-old hiding in a closet inside the house. After refusing to exit, the teen was finally taken into custody by detectives.
The Sheriff's Office said while detectives were walking the teen out of the house, his sister, Cecilia Magallon, spat on the deputies.
Deputies arrested the 17-year-old on his felony warrant and resisting arrest. Cecilia Magallon was arrested for attempting to hinder deputies during an investigation and helping a suspect hide from officers. Alvaro Magallon and Juan Sanchez were also arrested for helping a suspect hide from officers.
Deputies said the teen remains in custody, however, Cecilia was released on bail. Alvaro and Juan were both released on the zero bail policy.
On May 11, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office filed for felony evading and misdemeanor resisting arrest charges on the 17-year-old.