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Chase leads to crash on Highway 101 near Gaviota

Posted at 5:37 PM, Oct 01, 2018

UPDATE (10/2/18 10:31 a.m.) – CHP identified the suspect and the victims who were injured after a car chase that resulted in a crash near Gaviota.

Dinara Arevalo, 24 of Lompoc, was arrested in connection with the crash. CHP officers say she tried to pass traffic and lost control of her car while heading southbound on Highway 101.  Brett J. Bronstad, 60 of Santa Barbara, was driving a truck nearby when officers say Arevalo’s car collided into the truck. Michael D. Garcia, 58 of Santa Barbara, was the passenger in Bronstad’s truck during the crash.

Bronstad and Garcia both suffered from minor injuries, while Arevalo was not injured.


UPDATE (7:40 p.m.) – All lanes of Highway 101 reopened Monday night, after a chase led to a crash.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that the highway was moving again around 7:30 p.m.


UPDATE (6:40 p.m.) – The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says an accident on 101 near Gaviota happened after a chase.  Firefighters say a woman was being chased by law enforcement when she lost control and hit a pickup truck with two other people inside.

The suspect’s car rolled over the center divider.  The pickup truck went off the road and rolled over railroad tracks nearby. The people inside were extricated from the car. They were hospitalized with moderate injuries.

The suspect in the chase was hospitalized with minor injuries.

Firefighters say one lane of Highway 101 will be closed for approximately an hour.


UPDATE (6:00 p.m.) – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says there is significant slowing on both the north and southbound sides of Highway 101 at Arroyo Quemada.

The #1 lane is closed on the southbound side of 101 because of the collision.


ORIGINAL STORY – Highway 101 southbound is at a complete stop because of a car crash.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Monday afternoon saying the accident happened south of Gaviota. Drivers should expect delays and use alternative routes where possible.

This is a developing story. Stick with KSBY News for updates as they come in.