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Oceano Dunes

The Oceano Dunes area shown May 16, 2016.

A Bakersfield man was arrested Wednesday after leading sheriff's deputies on a pursuit that started on Highway 101 and ended in the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, where the suspect's vehicle got stuck in the sand and he attempted to flee unsuccessfully into the ocean.

Joshua Anthony Jordan, 38, of Bakersfield, was taken into custody at gunpoint by State Park rangers around 4:15 p.m., after the white Lexus he was driving became stuck in the sand, Jordan jumped out of the car and ran into the ocean, according to a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Earlier in the day, law enforcement was looking for Jordan, a wanted parolee out of Kern County, when he was reportedly spotted driving the white Lexus on Hetrick Avenue in Nipomo, where deputies attempted to stop him around 2:30 p.m., the spokesman said.

Instead of stopping, Jordan reportedly got onto Highway 101 at Willow Road and began driving southbound in the northbound lanes. As a result, deputies terminated the pursuit for safety reasons, the spokesman said.

Just over an hour later, at approximately 3:50 p.m., deputies in an unmarked unit spotted Jordan's vehicle driving northbound on Highway 101 at Price Street in Pismo Beach and began to follow it. The vehicle exited the freeway at Avila Beach Drive and proceeded to get back on southbound Highway 101.

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Jordan then exited the freeway at Price Street and drove through downtown Pismo Beach before getting onto Highway 1. At that point, Pismo Beach police picked up the vehicle pursuit, which entered the Oceano Dunes SVRA at the Grand Avenue entrance and proceeded south, according to the spokesman.

State Park rangers picked up the pursuit on the beach at speeds of approximately 40 mph. Families and children were on the beach and had to run for safety during the pursuit to avoid being bit by Jordan, the spokesman said.

Jordan was arrested on suspicion of felony evading a peace officer in a reckless manner and felony willful cruelty to a child with possible injury or death because of the families and children on the beach at the time of pursuit. He was taken to San Luis Obispo County Jail.

He is also wanted in two counties -- Kern County, on a no-bail warrant for a parole violation, and San Benito County, for making felony criminal threats.

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April Charlton covers Santa Barbara County for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow her on Twitter@WordsDawn

 

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