Santa Barbara Man Arrested After Pursuit and Crash
Santa Barbara - October 7th, 2013
A Santa Barbara man is in custody after a high speed chase which ended in a
crash and subsequent foot pursuit this afternoon, October 7, in downtown Santa
Barbara. 28-year-old Evan Githens, who was driving a stolen white Chevrolet
work truck from Ventura, was chased down and arrested by Santa Barbara County
Sheriff’s Deputies. He is charged with child endangerment, felony evasion,
being in possession of a stolen vehicle, multiple vehicle code violations and a
probation violation. He is being held at the Santa Barbara County Jail on
The incident began at
approximately 3:50 p.m. this afternoon, when Sheriff’ Deputies observed the
stolen vehicle being driven on Highway 101 approaching the southbound Carrillo
Street exit. Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to pull the vehicle over but the
suspect refused to yield and sped off down Carrillo Street, turned onto Castillo
Street at a high rate of speed and ran through several stop signs. Santa Barbara
County Air Support Unit Copter 2 assisted Sheriff’s Deputies with the pursuit.
The suspect got back onto the freeway at Haley and Castillo Streets and then
exited again at Arrellaga Street before crashing into two vehicles at the
intersection of Arrellaga and De La Vina Streets. After the crash, the suspect
jumped out of the stolen car and ran southbound on De La Vina Street. Sheriff’s
Deputies chased the suspect over several fences and through backyards before he
was apprehended at gunpoint.
An adult passenger and two small boys,
ages six and four, were found in the stolen vehicle. Sheriff’s Deputies
detained the female passenger who was later released after being questioned.
She and the four year old boy were not injured but the six year old boy was
transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released. The single
occupants of the other two vehicles involved, a green Jeep Wrangler and dark
grey Honda CRV received injuries and were transported to the hospital. The
Santa Barbara City Fire Department assisted with providing medical attention and
the Santa Barbara Police Department assisted with traffic control.
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