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2 people arrested after car chase through south SLO County, Santa Maria

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Felicia Hendricks, 23, of Nipomo (Courtesy: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office) Felicia Hendricks, 23, of Nipomo (Courtesy: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)
Nicholas McCloud (Courtesy: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office) Nicholas McCloud (Courtesy: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)
Ruben Najera, 23, of Santa Maria (Courtesy: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office) Ruben Najera, 23, of Santa Maria (Courtesy: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)

Police in Santa Maria arrested two people after a vehicle pursuit that reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour on Thursday.

According to the California Highway Patrol, it started at about 3 p.m. when Santa Barbara County Sheriff's officials attempted to stop a white Lincoln Continental on Highway 101 at E. Donovan Road in order to make contact with Nicholas McCloud, the passenger in the vehicle, who was on probation for resisting an officer with force or violence.

CHP says the driver, 23-year-old Felicia Hendricks of Nipomo, sped off northbound. She exited at Los Berros Road in Nipomo, where authorities lost sight of the vehicle for a short time. The chase reportedly picked back up on Thompson Avenue near Highway 166 and continued north again into Nipomo.

According to CHP, the driver got back onto Highway 101 southbound, driving more than 100 miles per hour and passing other cars on the right-hand shoulder. 

CHP discontinued the pursuit for safety reasons after the driver took the Broadway exit in Santa Maria and reportedly ran several stop lights.

A sheriff's helicopter then spotted the vehicle near Oakley Elementary School at W. Donovan and N. Blosser Rd. Santa Maria police officers saw a man and woman walking on Western Ave. a few blocks away. They matched the description of Hendricks and McCloud. Police moved in and reportedly arrested the two when they tried to run away.

The man turned out not to be McCloud, but 23-year-old Ruben Najera of Santa Maria. The sheriff's office says he wasn't involved in the pursuit but he did have two $25,000 arrest warrants, so he was also arrested.

Investigators say they learned Hendricks and McCloud unlawfully ent into someone's home when they tried to escape. The people who live there identified them and now they face residential burglary charges in addition to felony evading in a vehicle.

McCloud is still wanted. If you see him, call 911.

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