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Vehicle pursuit ends with spike strips on Highway 166

Posted at 4:43 PM, Nov 13, 2022

UPDATE: The California Highway Patrol has released additional information related to a pursuit on Highway 166 over the weekend.

Officers say the San Luis Obispo Communications Center received a request Sunday from the Taft Police Department for assistance with a pursuit along Highway 166.

CHP says officers from the Santa Maria area took over the pursuit when it was just east of Sierra Madre Road. Speeds reportedly reached 95 mph at times.

Officers say the drivver went through the Cuyama Valley area heading eastbound on Highway 166 when two spike strips were used to help stop the vehicle.

Despite that, officers say the driver still drove for several miles on two flat front tires before stopping on the shoulder of the highway just west of the Kern County Line.

After a brief standoff, officers say the female driver was taken into custody by Taft PD.

No other information related to the suspect or pursuit, including how it began, was released by CHP as Taft PD was the lead agency.

ORIGINAL STORY: CHP SLO confirmed units from the Santa Maria office responded to a vehicle pursuit around 4:00p.m. Sunday.

Reports say the chase began in the Santa Maria area and ended near Kern County. Officers reportedly deployed spike strips and all four tires on the vehicle became flat.

A viewer called KSBY claiming he saw anywhere from 15 to 20 patrol vehicles rushing on Highway 166.

CHP SLO said traffic was stopped in the area. No word on why the pursuit began. This is a developing story. We will continue to provide updates as they come in.