SANTA BARBARA The baby injured after being struck by a motorist fleeing Santa Barbara police officers who were attempting to enforce a search and felony arrest warrant Thursday afternoon has been transported to a Los Angeles-area hospital for further treatment.
Just after noon Thursday, police were attempting to enforce the warrant on Ricardo Sanchez, 36, of Santa Barbara, on the city’s Westside. Mr. Sanchez fled the scene in a vehicle, hit a police vehicle and nearly hit a detective who was on foot, Anthony Wagner, police spokesman, said in a news release.
Mr. Sanchez continued to evade arrest and ran a red light at the intersection of Victoria and Santa Barbara streets and was hit by a car heading north. His vehicle continued onto the sidewalk in the northeast corner of the intersection and struck two pedestrians, a woman and her toddler grandchild, who were transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment, Mr. Wagner said.
Mr. Sanchez fled on foot and was ultimately apprehended in the 1300 block of Garden Street.
Police said the child was transported out of the area as “a precautionary measure.”
Mr. Sanchez was arrested on suspicion of multiple charges, including attempted murder of a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, resisting arrest and multiple felony charges. Additional charges against Mr. Sanchez are “probable,” Mr. Wagner told the News-Press.
He is being held at County Jail on $2 million bail for the new charges, however he is also being held on a no bail hold for a probation violation. He is scheduled to appear for arraignment Tuesday in Santa Barbara Superior Court.