The California Highway Patrol apprehended a motorcyclist with $100,000 in outstanding warrants on March 21 after engaging in a high-speed chase and an hour-long manhunt through Goleta.
A CHP officer initially stopped 22-year-old Antonio Romero around 3 p.m. at the 76 gas station on Fairview Avenue for driving 80 mph on Highway 101 and passing cars on the shoulder of the Fairview exit. After the officer dismounted his motorcycle, Romero fled through a nearby parking lot and sped along Calle Real, Patterson Road and other streets before ditching his vehicle and fleeing on foot.
According to a CHP press release, the officer and Romero reached speeds of nearly 90 mph during the pursuit until Romero leapt off his motorcycle after passing Cathedral Oaks Road. After searching for roughly an hour with assistance from a helicopter, several CHP and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Dept. units discovered Romero hidden under solar panels about a quarter mile away from his vehicle.
Officers learned Romero had a suspended driving license and outstanding DUI warrants amounting to $100,000. According to the press release, Romero also allegedly texted a relative during the incident and revealed that he aimed to report his motorcycle stolen to evade apprehension.
Romero was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on $100,000 bail for reckless driving, resisting arrest, driving with a suspended license and conspiracy to commit a crime.