Driver flees from police after hit-and-run
–The California Highway Patrol has arrested 22-year-old Paso Robles resident Rafael Aguilar Anguiano after he led police on a chase through Templeton after a hit and run Wednesday.
On Wednesday, at approximately 1700 hours, Templeton California Highway Patrol Officers responded to a hit-and-run collision that occurred on Santa Rita Road in Templeton. An officer observed a Dodge sedan in the area of the collision, with corresponding damage, and attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, the driver, Rafael Aguilar Anguiano, intentionally rammed one of the CHP patrol cars that was involved in the pursuit. One of the CHP officers performed the PIT maneuver, or precision immobilization technique, which is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop. The maneuver caused the Dodge to become stuck on the east side of Main Street in Templeton. The Dodge had four occupants inside, including the driver.
The driver fled the scene on foot, and the three passengers; 29-year-old Atascadero resident Jaime Michelle Cunningham, 23-year-old Atascadero resident Cherish Renee Celestine, and 27-year-old San Miguel resident Jose Gonzalo Silva Medrano, were apprehended at the scene.
After a brief search of the area, the driver was located and arrested. The passengers were interviewed and they advised that the driver refused to let them out of the vehicle when they demanded to be let out. The passengers were all identified, questioned, and released at the scene. The driver was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail for numerous violations. Some of the violations include; Kidnapping, DUI, evading, arrest, resisting arrest, hit and run, driving on a suspended license, burglary, and assault with a deadly weapon.
This investigation is ongoing.