ATASCADERO — A 17-year-old was arrested Tuesday in Paso Robles by the Atascadero Police Department. Police believe the teenager was the armed driver of a car that fled from police Sunday night and crashed outside of Motel 6 in Atascadero.

From the information obtained during the initial incident, Atascadero police detectives identified and later arrested the driver who reportedly fled from APD officers on July 19.

On July 21, Atascadero police detectives, with the assistance of the San Luis Obispo County Probation Department and the Paso Robles Police Department, located the suspect in the City of Paso Robles.

The suspect, a 17-year old Paso Robles resident, was placed under arrest without incident.


A search of the area during the initial incident and the suspect’s residence was conducted and the weapon is still outstanding.

The suspect was booked at San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Services on suspicion of felony evading arrest, misdemeanor resisting arrest, misdemeanor hit-and-run and violation of probation.

At approximately 11:11 p.m. on July 19, an Atascadero police officer conducted a check on a vehicle in the Paloma Creek Park parking lot located in the 11600 block of Viejo Camino.

During the check, the driver fled in the vehicle and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The chase ended when the driver collided with a light pole at the intersection of El Camino Real and Santa Rosa Road.

The driver fled from the collision toward Motel 6 with what appeared to be a rifle in his possession. The other occupants of the car, all juveniles, were detained.