Pursuit ends with arrest,
by Lenny Roberts
A Sheriff's Ford Crown Victoria cruiser was damaged Monday night
as a short but high-speed pursuit ended in the 10400 block of
Santa Ana Road in Oak View. Neither the deputies involved or
the suspect, 33-year-old Lance Anderson, of Ojai, were reportedly
The chase began at about 7:30 p.m. when Deputies Chad Bourget
and Doug Klug spotted Anderson's vehicle as it turned onto Mahoney
Street from Highway 33 in Oak View. Bourget, according to Ojai
substation Sergeant Ken Edling, recognized Anderson from prior
encounters and knew that he had multiple outstanding warrants.
Anderson then allegedly tried to flee, turning onto Olive Street
and onto Santa Ana Boulevard where speeds in the lightly populated
area reached 65 to 70 mph, according to radio transmissions.
"He blew two stop signs on Santa Ana Boulevard, and pulled
into a driveway on Santa Ana Road, but lost control and sideswiped
a palm tree," Edling said.
The report indicates that Anderson regained control of his car,
but lost it again once out of the double-ended driveway as he
center-punched an oak tree.
Anderson then attempted to run, but was stopped by Bourget, who
cut him off with his patrol car, according to Edling. Anderson
surrendered peacefully and went voluntarily face-down where
he was arrested. He later complained of neck pain, and was arrested
on four warrants for allegedly being under the influence of a
controlled substance, vandalism and possession of a switchblade
knife, along with misdemeanor evading.
Klug's patrol car was taken out of service after he sideswiped
an oak tree and a wooden fence after leaving the Santa Ana Road
driveway in pursuit of Anderson.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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Deputies Doug Klug, sitting, and Matt Young, inspect their damaged