ORCUTT A Santa Maria man was arrested after he attempted to evade authorities following a traffic stop Tuesday morning in the 5000 block of Orcutt Road in Orcutt, authorities said.
The traffic stop was conducted just after 9 a.m. The driver, Tyler Phillips, 28, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and fled while driving a stolen vehicle, said Kelly Hoover, spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.
While searching the area, deputies were advised Mr. Phillips abandoned the vehicle and had fled the area on a bicycle.
Mr. Phillips was seen riding on Orcutt Road a few blocks from Lakeview Junior High School. The school was briefly placed on lockdown as a precaution and Mr. Phillips was eventually located in the backyard of a residence on Siler Road, Ms. Hoover said.
Mr. Phillips was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on his arrest warrant. He is also facing charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and providing false information to a peace officer. He is being held on $45,000 bail.