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Santa Maria man arrested following hit-and-run of pedestrian in Buellton

Posted at 3:33 PM, Nov 25, 2019

An arrest has been made in connection with a hit-and-run in Buellton that left a pedestrian seriously injured.

Deputies with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to Avenue of the Flags near Highway 246 at about 5:42 p.m. Sunday for reports of the collision.

Sheriff's officials say the victim was airlifted to the hospital after being found down in the road.

A witness reportedly followed the vehicle believed to be involved, identified as a gray Chevrolet Silverado, and provided dispatch with a description and license plate number.

The sheriff's office says deputies from Santa Maria staged in the area of the truck's registered owner's home and arrested the driver there at around 7:17 p.m.

He was identified as Luis Alberto Ledesma, 26, of Santa Maria.

The sheriff's office says his vehicle was impounded and he was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and two counts of felony DUI. Bail is set at $100,000.

An update on the victim's condition was not immediately available.

Drivers were diverted in the area following the collision.

Anyone with information is asked to call (805)961-7519.