Mar 26, 2013 5:05 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Wanted man found hiding under fallen tree trunk

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man early Tuesday morning who they say led them on a high speed chase Monday night.

The pursuit started around 9:45 pm, when a Sheriff's deputy tried to stop a driver for driving erratically and without working tail lights. The driver led law enforcement on a 22-mile chase, starting on Highway 246 near Santa Ynez High School. It continued onto Highway 154, where speeds reached 100 miles per hour. The chase ended a half hour later on Happy Canyon Road, at the Sunset Trailhead.

Deputies found the vehicle there, but the driver was not inside.

Several K9 teams, along with a CHP helicopter, were brought in to help in the search for the driver.

At 12:40 am, Sheriff's officials say Santa Barbara resident, Bruce Flores, 43, was found hiding in heavy brush beneath a fallen tree trunk and arrested.

Sheriff's officials say Flores is on probation. He also now faces several charges, including evading a peace officer, reckless driving, driving under the influence, and driving with a suspended license. An additional charge of possession of a stolen vehicle is expected to be filed. Officials say the car Flores was driving was reported stolen.



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