Sheriff's Deputy Assaulted by Hit and Run Suspects
Santa Barbara - March 1st, 2017
At approximately 2 a.m. this morning, March 1, 2017, officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and a deputy from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office (SBSO) responded to the area of Patterson Avenue and Highway 101 to investigate a report of a possible vehicle crash heard. Upon their arrival, they found a vehicle on its roof and the driver nearby. It was discovered that the accident was a result of a hit-and-run, where the suspect vehicle fled the scene after colliding with the victim vehicle, sending it down an embankment and causing it to overturn and rest on its roof. While at the scene, other reports came in regarding a vehicle driving on its rims and having front-end damage in the area of S.Turnpike Avenue.
Sheriff’s deputies and CHP officers responded to the area of Turnpike and Hollister Avenue. A deputy came across a damaged white Toyota Tundra truck that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. The deputy observed 34-year-old Jared Ashton of Santa Barbara, who appeared to be intoxicated, walking away from the vehicle. He also observed 25-year-old Micah Wroten of Santa Barbara standing nearby.
The deputy attempted to direct Ashton onto the sidewalk and out of the roadway but he became verbally confrontational and refused to comply with lawful orders. As the deputy attempted to detain him, Wroten moved in from the deputy’s side and struck him in the face. A fistfight ensued with both male suspects throwing punches and hitting the deputy several times, in the face, back, head and upper body. The deputy continued to fight back in an attempt to detain the suspects. The male suspects continued punching him and during the incident the deputy sustained a bite on his hand.
After a few minutes, a CHP Sergeant found the deputy and immediately assisted him by apprehending and detaining Ashton. Additional deputies arrived and were able to assist in taking both suspects into custody. Even after being handcuffed, Wroten continued to resist. He kicked at deputies and the patrol car causing damage.
The deputy was transported to the emergency room where he was treated for moderate injuries to his head, back, elbows, knees, hands and wrist. The suspects were transported to the Santa Barbara County Jail where they were treated for minor injuries. They were booked for resisting arrest with force and violence as well as charges related to the DUI hit and run. They are being held on $500,000 bail.
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