SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — On the evening of March 6, Mario Oseguera, 19, from San Jose, fled from police in a 2003 red Mercedes C240, leading them on a chase that spanned many cities and two counties. California Highway Patrol Officers from King City, Air Operations, Templeton, and San Luis Obispo all assisted in on the pursuit with speeds hitting more than 140 miles per hour.
At 9 p.m., CHP monitored radio traffic from a pursuit entering the North County from King City. The suspect’s vehicle evading authorities southbound on Highway 101. Oseguera was seen driving on the right shoulder of the highway to pass traffic and nearly collided with other vehicles on several occasions.
CHP Air Operations Helicopter H70 followed the pursuit from the air. As Oseguera traveled southbound down the Cuesta Grade, a CHP officer set up a spike strip near Reservoir Canyon Road.
The officer successfully deployed the spike strip at approximately 9:26 p.m. as the Mercedes passed him at 100 miles per hour in the fast lane. This resulted in the rapid deflation of three of the vehicle’s four tires.
The Mercedes slowed and exited at Monterey Street and stopped on the off-ramp. Oseguera was arrested with no further incident. He was charged with felony evading a peace officer/ reckless driving and a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license. Oseguera was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail at 11:27 p.m. and his bail set at $25,000.