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Deputies arrest hit-and-run suspect in vehicle versus pedestrian accident in Buellton

Luis Alberto Ledesma
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
Luis Alberto Ledesma, 26.

BUELLTON, Calif. -- Santa Barbara Sheriff's Deputies arrested a suspect involved in a hit-and-run collision with a pedestrian in Buellton on Sunday.

Officials arrested Luis Alberto Ledesma, 26, of Santa Maria for a felony hit-and-run and two counts of felony DUI.

On Sunday evening at 5:42 p.m., deputies along with fire and medics were dispatched to the area of Avenue of Flags and Highway 246 for a report of a hit-and-run traffic collision involving a pedestrian.

At arrival, deputies found the pedestrian victim in the road with serious injuries and confirmed the suspect's vehicle as a gray Chevrolet Silverado.

The Silverado had left the scene by the time officials arrived.

A witness followed the Silverado towards Lompoc and provided Sheriff's Dispatch with a vehicle description and license plate number before they lost sight of the vehicle in the Lompoc area.

Santa Maria Sheriff's Deputies, who were listening to the call, staged in the area of the home address for the registered owner of the Silverado in the City of Santa Maria.

According to the press release, Ledesma arrived at the home around 7:17 p.m. Ledesma was ultimately arrested.

The Silverado was impounded.

Ledesma was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail with a bail of $100,000.

The victim was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

The victim's identity and condition was not provided for release at this time.

The Sheriff's Office Major Accident Response Team responded to the scene and is investigating this incident.

Officials encourage anyone with information regarding this collision to call Deputy DeLeon at 805-961-7519.

Article Topic Follows: Santa Maria - Lompoc - North County

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