SANTA MARIA – A routine traffic stop turned into a high-speed pursuit late last week that ended with the driver’s arrest.
Santa Maria police officers attempted to stop Sergio Benny Castro, 21, on Friday, Dec. 14, for a routine traffic violation. However, instead of yielding to police, Castro sped off and led authorities on a high-speed pursuit through the north end of the city.
During the pursuit, Castro allegedly threw an item out of his vehicle, which was later recovered and identified as a loaded handgun, police said.
Castro eventually yielded to officers and was taken into custody without further incident. He was booked at the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s substation on charges of felony evading a police officer, possession of a firearm near school grounds and violation of his probation.
The 21-year-old is also facing charges of being a felon in possession of a handgun and possession of ammunition, according to police
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