Members of the Camarillo Police Department said they have arrested two men after they crashed a car and were found to be in possession of stolen property.
The incident took place in the area of Ventura Blvd. and Fir Street earlier this week. The responding officer said he saw an SUV barrel through an intersection with a four-way stop sign. It is believed the vehicle was traveling at a speed in excess of 35 miles per hours. It was at that time he made the decision to pursue the drivers in order to cite them for the traffic violation.
The driver of that vehicle chose not to stop. He instead engaged the officer in a high speed chase. Speeds reportedly reached 100 miles per hour. A spokesperson for the department said the officer chose to abandon his pursuit due to safety concerns. The vehicle in question was found a short time later after it had crashed into a roadside ditch.
Witnesses to the crash said they saw two suspects flee on foot. They were able to provide information as to the direction in which they fled in addition to a description of their height, weight and appearance. Additional officers and K-9 dogs were deployed. Both defendants were located and arrested without incident.
One man was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for dog bite injuries. He was soon released and was booked into the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of grand theft auto, felony evading, possession of stolen property and hit and run. The second suspect faces similar charges. Bail information was not immediately available but the suspects likely have bail amounts in excess of $30,000 each.
They are due to appear in court later this month.