News Story


Headquarters Station Deputies Arrest Vehicle Pursuit Suspect for Stolen Vehicle, Evading, and Resisting Arrest
9/11/2014 5:45:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Stolen Vehicle and Pursuit Arrest

Report Number:



US 101 from Faria Beach to South Hallock Road, Santa Paula

Date & Time:

September 11, 2014     0529 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Headquarters Patrol and Investigations

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty (D)ecedent

City of Residence


Enrique Patricio






This morning at 5:39 a.m., Headquarters Sergeant Jim Kenney was on patrol in the area of Faria Beach on Pacific Coast Highway.  Sgt. Kenney noticed an older model van stopped on the shoulder with an inoperative rear taillight.  When Sgt. Kenney attempted to detain the vehicle for the Vehicle Code violation, the van fled at a high speed southbound on Pacific Coast Highway and then onto southbound US 101.  The van exited the 101 freeway and continued to flee eastbound on SR 126.  Additional Sheriff's units responded to assist in the pursuit, which reached speeds in excess of 85 mph.  The van continued to South Hallock Road in Santa Paula where it purposely crashed into road closure gates.  The driver, and only occupant, Enrique Patricio, ran from the van and into the river bottom intending to continue eluding law enforcement.


A Sheriff's helicopter and two canine handlers responded to the area.  At about 8:00 a.m.,  Patricio was reported by an anonymous resident hiding on the property in the 1600 block of Lemonwood Drive.  Sheriff's Deputies moved to that area and set up a perimeter.  A short time later, the Sheriff's helicopter spotted Patricio walking on Telegraph Road near Farris Drive.  Patricio was quickly taken into custody by Sheriff's Detectives, who had responded from the Fillmore Police Station to assist in the search.  Follow-up investigation revealed the van had been reported stolen to the California Highway Patrol in Santa Barbara yesterday.


Patricio was arrested and later booked at the Pre-Trial Facility for auto theft, evading law enforcement, resisting arrest, possession of burglary tools, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.


The length of the pursuit was 23.7 miles.  No law enforcement personnel were injured nor vehicles damaged.  Patricio sustained a minor laceration to his nose and was treated at the scene.  The van sustained significant front end damage and was towed.




Prepared by:

Captain Patti Salas


Media Release Date:

September 11, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Patti Salas, 805 797 6392


Approved by:

Captain Renee Ferguson



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).