SLO Deputy Catches Fast Evader

SLO Deputy Catches Fast Evader

Robert McMaster and Chelsea Ann Deperna

The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office have two in custody after an attempted traffic stop turned into a fast pursuit.

According to the sheriff’s office, on Thursday around 1:25 a.m., a deputy spotted a white BMW traveling east on Highway 41 East in rural Templeton with false registration tags. The vehicle was traveling at an unsafe speed.
The deputy attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle. However, the vehicle sped away.

SLO Sheriff’s deputies pursued the vehicle for around 17 minutes at speeds at times exceeding 90 miles an hour on rural county roads.

The vehicle went off the road to avoid a spike strip at the intersection of Creston Road and El Pomar. The male driver and the female passenger were both taken into custody without further incident.

The driver was identified as Robert McMaster, 42, San Luis Obispo and the passenger was identified as Chelsea Ann Deperna, 33, also of San Luis Obispo.

McMaster was found to be wanted for an outstanding $100,000 warrant for the transportation of a controlled substance and possession for sale of a controlled substance. After a search of the vehicle, a loaded handgun was found.

McMaster was arrested for his outstanding warrant, felony evading police and misdemeanor vehicle code violations. Deperna was arrested for a felon in possession of a firearm.

SLO Deputy Catches Fast Evader was last modified: April 18th, 2016 by admin
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