Man Arrested After Using Car to Pin Woman in Vehicle, Leading Police, Sheriff's Deputies and CHP Aircraft Crew on Pursuit

A man who was in a 40-hour standoff with officers in Salinas earlier this year was arrested again near Watsonville on Tuesday morning after leading police, Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies and a California Highway Patrol aircraft crew on a pursuit.

CHP officers saw a white Cadillac on Carlton Road that they recognized as being associated with 31-year-old Augustin Leon-Palomares, who had an active felony warrant for allegedly using his car to pin a woman in her vehicle last week, CHP officials said.

When the officers tried to stop the vehicle, Leon-Palomares allegedly sped off through a dirt road and into a field before getting out of the car and running into a creek.

CHP officers arrested Leon-Palomares around 11 a.m. at Thompson and Carlton roads and took him to a hospital, where he was checked before being booked into Santa Cruz County Jail at around 3 p.m.

Leon-Palomares was booked on suspicion of six felonies including kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, stalking and vehicle theft, CHP officers said.

The 31-year-old man was on probation for his earlier convictions of auto theft, stalking, terrorist threats and vandalism.

In February, Leon-Palomares was arrested by Salinas police, sheriff's deputies and U.S. Marshals Service deputies for allegedly making terrorist threats, being a felon in possession with a weapon and domestic violence, Salinas police said.

Authorities had been looking for the suspect two months earlier on warrants out of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, police said.

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