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Evan Githens looks out of a police car at the scene of an accident at the intersection of De La Vina and Arrellaga (Oct. 7, 2013)

Paul Wellman

Evan Githens looks out of a police car at the scene of an accident at the intersection of De La Vina and Arrellaga (Oct. 7, 2013)


High-Speed Chase Suspect Will Receive 10-Year Prison Sentence

Repeat Offender Evan Githens Caused an Injury Accident During the Incident Last Month


Friday, November 22, 2013
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Evan Githens, a Santa Barbara man who led authorities on a high-speed chase in a stolen truck in October with a woman and two young children in the car, pleaded no contest Thursday to multiple felony counts, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Those felony counts — child endangerment, vehicle theft, evading officers with willful disregard for public safety, and hit-and-run causing injury — on top of Githens’s admission to prior convictions for elder abuse and witness intimidation and a previous prison sentence, will earn him 10 years in state prison. Githens’s formal sentencing is scheduled for December 5.

A man involved in an accident at the intersection of De La Vina and Arrellaga is transported to Cottage Hospital
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Paul Wellman

A man involved in an accident at the intersection of De La Vina and Arrellaga is transported to Cottage Hospital

According to the Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s offices, Githens, 28 at the time, was driving a stolen Chevrolet work truck on October 7, and when officers spotted the stolen vehicle on Highway 101, they tried to pull him over near the Las Positas Road exit. But Githens didn’t pull over, instead leading authorities on a high-speed chase through downtown, driving through stop signs and speeding at 60-70 miles per hour on the wrong side of the street. The chase came to a violent end when Githens hit two cars near De la Vina and Arrellaga streets, then ran away. He was apprehended a few blocks down the road. Githens’s girlfriend, as well as a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old she was babysitting, were in the truck during the chase. The children weren’t seriously hurt, but the drivers of the other two cars had to be treated for their injuries at the hospital.

“This case demonstrates the significant consequences associated with the callous behavior exhibited by the defendant and his utter indifference for public safety and law enforcement,” said Deputy District Attorney Kevin Weichbrod, who handled the case. Weichbrod said that Githens’s prior prison sentence stemmed from a January 2007 conviction for assault that could cause great bodily injury and that Githens’s other convictions — for elder abuse and witness intimidation — resulted in a suspended sentence, for which he was on probation at the time of the October incident. If a jury had found Githens guilty for his October crimes, those charges plus his probation violation could have netted him a 19-year prison term, Weichbrod said.

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Elderly abuse, huh? This guy is a real gem and will be missed by everyone. Missed like a headache.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 22, 2013 at 8:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So let's all get on the same page here: This guy is "white" so therefore he's guilty as sin right?
Now if he were "latino" with gang ties then he'd be innocent, wrongly accused or simply misunderstood?
Just checking guys, I'm trying to get on the politically correct apologist list.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
November 25, 2013 at 12:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Uh blah blah he pleaded no contest which is the same as guilty. Please troll somewhere else.

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
November 25, 2013 at 2:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, Blah, it is all "the man's" fault..

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 25, 2013 at 10:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Herschel, my naive, idealistic bleeding hearted friend, trolling is for those who cast a fishing line off the back of a boat. I just post an opinion, which you also do.
The thing is your only counter to my opinion is saying that I'm fishing off the back of a boat. How original... nope. Besides, wouldn't want to accidentally snag dolphinpod, that would be deplorable!
AZ2SB, yeah, it IS "Da Man's" fault to every extent. Da Man should've kept this clown in check from the get go. They lapsed, now it is a do-over. Maybe Da Man will get it right this time & actually keep him in check.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
November 26, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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