Ventura-based attorney Brian Osborne is leveling one of the most serious accusations made against Santa Barbara law enforcement officers in recent history. Osborne announced this week he intends to file a lawsuit against two CHP officers whom he alleges accidentally pushed a SUV carrying three Santa Barbarans over the edge of Loma Alta Road during a car chase. According to Osborne, officers Kyle Arrellano and Michael Ramirez fled the scene without calling for help that might have saved the life of driver Ismael Flores, who died as a result of the crash. The CHP has denied the accusations, saying the officers lost sight of the vehicle blocks earlier and were unaware it had gone over the side of the road.
Originally published 12:00 p.m., April 6, 2006
Updated 11:43 a.m., April 27, 2006
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