A Torrance man was arrested after leading deputies on a high-speed chase near New Cuyama, attempting to steal a patrol car, assaulting a police dog and injuring sheriff's deputies, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. After initially yielding, the driver accelerated and began to recklessly evade deputies on Highway 166, according to sheriff's officials. Deputies continued to pursue Lovallo at which point he drove off the highway into a farm field off Highway 166.
Lovallo allegedly fled from deputies on foot and attempted to steal a nearby Santa Barbara County sheriff's patrol car by breaking its window with a rock. After being cleared at Marian Regional Medical Center, Lovallo was transported and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for DUI (drugs), felony evading a peace officer, resisting arrest with force, attempted carjacking, attempted vehicle theft, vandalism, trespassing, assaulting a police dog and driving without a license. Bail was set at $75,000.