Man flees CHP across SLO County


A 23-year-old man led CHP officers on a chase that began and ended in South County and included a trip up the Cuesta Grade. After ultimately running out of gas, Richard Corbitt smiled while getting arrested.

At about 6:30 p.m., an officer tried to stop Richard Corbitt for an unsafe lane change on northbound Highway 101 near Five Cities Drive. Corbitt, who had a warrant out for his arrest, did not stop.

Corbitt exited the highway, then got back on and drove to the top of the Cuesta Grade. He then reversed course and drove on southbound Highway 101 to Arroyo Grande, where he ran out of gas near Oak Park Boulevard.

The chase lasted about 40 minutes, reaching speeds of up to about 75 mph. A CHP helicopters assisted officers on the ground with the pursuit.

Investigators determined the Honda Corbitt was driving had been stolen after finding that the license plate did not match the vehicle.

Officers arrested Corbitt for an outstanding warrant, possession of a stolen vehicle and evading police. Officers also arrested Corbitt’s passenger, 20-year-old Brandee Bing, who, too, had an outstanding warrant.