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Arroyo Grande man arrested following pursuit, vandalism spree in Nipomo area

Posted at 9:05 AM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 22:02:13-04

An Arroyo Grande man is facing multiple charges after authorities say he went on a vandalism spree early Wednesday morning before leading officers on a pursuit.

According to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office, deputies first responded to a report of vandalism in the 100 block of Trifone Ln. in Nipomo at about 12:30 a.m. Sheriff's officials say the homeowner reported that a man had driven a truck through his yard, did donuts in his field, and then drove through his fence.

The sheriff's office says the homeowner recognized the driver and identified him as Brian Louis Garzoli, 52. Deputies also found the front license plate of the truck left behind in the damaged yard.

A California Highway Patrol spokesperson says CHP officers became involved in the incident at around 1 a.m. after multiple reports of a driver crashing into fences and driving through yards.

Officers say another report then came in that the driver was revving his engine at someone pumping gas at the Chevron/McDonald’s on Tefft Street. The driver reportedly crashed into that truck before taking off and driving through more private property on Oak Glen.

At one point, while officers and deputies were pursuing the driver, sheriff's officials say he was seen throwing a beer can out the window.

The pursuit continued onto Highway 101 where the sheriff's office says speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour.

CHP says authorities were eventually able to catch up with the driver near Donovan Road in Santa Maria.

Garzoli was taken into custody and booked into the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of multiple charges, according to jail logs, including driving under the influence of alcohol, vandalism, littering, evading officers and reckless driving.

Bail was set at $55,000.