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Man arrested in Goleta at gunpoint following vehicle pursuit from Carpinteria

Santa Barbara County Sheriff car chase arrest
John Palminteri / Newschannel 3
Sheriff's chase
A 20-mile chase from Carpinteria to Goleta ended in an arrest at gunpoint Friday. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Sheriff's chase
A 20-mile chase from Carpinteria to Goleta ended in an arrest at gunpoint Friday. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Sheriff's chase
A 20-mile chase from Carpinteria to Goleta ended in an arrest at gunpoint by the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department Friday. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Sheriff's chase
A 20-mile chase from Carpinteria to Goleta ended in an arrest at gunpoint by the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department Friday. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Sheriff's chase
A 20-mile chase from Carpinteria to Goleta ended in an arrest at gunpoint by the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department Friday. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Sheriff chase
A 20-mile chase from Carpinteria to Goleta ended in an arrest at gunpoint Friday. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Sheriff's K9 Odin
A 20-mile chase from Carpinteria to Goleta ended in an arrest at gunpoint Friday. K9 Odin was involved in the arrest. (Photo: John Palminteri)

GOLETA, Calif. -- A Goleta man was arrested after a 20-mile, high speed chase that started in Carpinteria Friday afternoon.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies attempted to stop the car for a traffic violation. The driver took off, running multiple stop signs going west from Carpinteria on Via Real.

Witnesses first saw the chase in the area of Santa Monica Rd.

Deputies continued the pursuit into Summerland. At times speeds exceeded 70 miles per hour, past the polo fields and in and out of traffic.

Around Evans Ave. the driver entered Highway 101 northbound and sped past traffic to the City of Santa Barbara. The pursuit exited at Milpas St.

Surface street cars pulled over for the long line of patrol units with lights and sirens on coming through. Traffic was heavy in that area at the time.

The chase was called off a few blocks later due to safety reasons.

Santa Barbara Police detectives and patrol officers also began assisting.

The vehicle was spotted a short time later and with the help of an arriving Sheriff's helicopter overhead the suspect was tracked on Highway 101 until the car arrived on Mandarin Drive in Goleta.

Deputies were there waiting for the driver, based on the address from the license plate. Authorities brought several people outside and were able to identify the suspect as a 19-year-old Goleta man.

They said he was on probation.

The sheriff's department says two of his family members were taken in as well for obstructing the arrest.

The K-9 Odin was also involved in the investigation and arrest scene.

The name of the suspect was not released.

At the time of the arrest, authorities were also checking for a shotgun believed to have been seen in the chase.

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