Nipomo woman arrested following high-speed chase

Felicia Hendricks

A Nipomo woman led several law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase Thursday though Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Officers arrested two suspects while the primary suspect in the chase escaped.

Shortly before 3 p.m., Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop a white Lincoln Continental on Highway 101 in Santa Maria. Officers had spotted Nicholas McCloud as a passenger in the vehicle, for a probation violation. v

Felicia Hendricks, 23, of Nipomo sped off northbound through Santa Maria and into San Luis Obispo County. She exited the highway at Los Berros Road, ran several red lights, and officers temporarily called off the chase.

However, deputies spotted the vehicle near Oakley Elementary School in Santa Maria.

Nicholas McCloud

A few blocks away, Santa Maria police officers saw a man and woman, suspected of being Hendricks and McCloud, walking a few blocks away and stopped the pair.

However, McCloud was no longer with Hendricks. She was walking resident Ruben Najera, 23. While Najera was not involved in the chase, he had two warrants out for his arrest.

While trying to escape, investigators later learned Hendricks and McCloud had broken into a person’s home. Police arrested Hendricks and Najera and continue to look for McCloud.