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Michael Morales


A 24-year-old Bakersfield man was arrested in Orcutt early Sunday morning after leading Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies on a chase through the area.

Michael Morales was booked by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office on charges of DUI, felony evading a peace officer and resisting arrest. He is being held at the Santa Barbara County Jail on $75,000 bond.

The incident began around 2 a.m. Sunday when the Sheriff’s Office began receiving calls about an intoxicated subject vandalizing vehicles in the 200 block of Pacific Street in Orcutt. Prior to the arrival of deputies, the suspect had fled in his vehicle, according to sheriff's officials

Deputies later located the suspect, determined to be Morales, near the area of Park and First streets. Deputies reported that Morales initially yielded for a traffic stop but, then, accelerated and “began to recklessly evade deputies through downtown Orcutt.” 

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Morales failed to stop at stop signs, crossed over into oncoming lanes, and drove at reckless and high speeds, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies continued to pursue Morales until he reportedly lost control of his vehicle and collided with a curb near businesses in the 100 block of Clark Avenue. Morales continued to try and flee from deputies and drove in reverse onto the sidewalk, colliding with a nearby restaurant’s outdoor patio furniture, sheriff's officials said.

“Based upon the reckless nature in which Morales was fleeing, and believing a serious collision would be imminent were it to continue, deputies utilized their patrol vehicles and blocked the vehicle in,” according to a Sheriff’s Office report. “The suspect continued to try and flee but was ultimately subdued by deputies and arrested.”

After being cleared at Marian Regional Medical Center, Morales was transported and booked into jail.

This report was prepared by Willis Jacobson. He can be reached at