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Sep 16, 2010 8:39 PM by Monica Quintero

Local woman trying to help becomes crime victim

Investigators say a Santa Maria woman was trying to help out a man involved in a crash when she was carjacked. The California Highway Patrol says it happened on West Betteravia near Sinton Road around 8:30 Thursday morning. CHP says the suspect, who was drunk, ruined four vehicles, none of them his.

Officer Greg Escobedo , California Highway Patrol, said, "We had a person that was driving erratically, lost control, went into a fence and crashed into two parked vehicles." Witnesses say those parked vehicles belong to employees at a local business and that was just the beginning of this scary ordeal. "He exited that vehicle and carjacked another person's vehicle that had stopped to helped out," said Officer Escobedo.

CHP will only say the Good Samaritan is a 38-year-old woman from Santa Maria. She stopped to check on the suspect but little did she know what she was getting herself into. The suspect, who's been identified as 37-year-old Jose Limon from Santa Maria, ordered her to drive several times but she became frightened and ran off.

So, Limon took her car and ended up hitting some railroad tracks just south of Brown Street which ruined two of the tires. He then, tried to get away by running through the fields. Officer Escobedo said, "He doesn't appear to be too injured. I don't know exactly what his injuries are but obviously, he was not too badly hurt."

CHP says he was caught and then transported to Marian Medical Center. They believe he only suffered minor scrapes, despite being involved in two collisions. Limon will face numerous charges including carjacking, unlawfully taking a vehicle, driving under the influence and hit and run.

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