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Police arrest man accused of hitting patrol car in Lompoc

Posted at 10:56 PM, Jun 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-18 01:56:28-04

Lompoc police arrested a man who allegedly hit a patrol vehicle and attempted to run away Sunday afternoon.

Officials say 27-year-old Michael Allen Torrez, wanted by police, was spotted parked in the Lompoc Public Library parking lot around 3:30 p.m. When officers approached Torrez, they say he backed his car into the police vehicle before driving away. 

After a short pursuit, Torrez reportedly abandoned his car and ran into a nearby neighborhood.

Police set up a perimeter around the neighborhood and ultimately found Torrez hiding in a garden shed at a home on East College Avenue. Police say he was taken into custody without further incident.

Investigators say they found drugs, drug paraphernalia, and stolen property inside Torrez’s car. He was booked into the Lompoc City Jail on charges of evading a police officer, hit and run, driving without a license, resisting arrest, possession of drugs, possession of stolen property. Torrez also faced three outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

The patrol car suffered minor damage, officials say.