Standoff Ends Between Cops, Man With Kids

The driver of an SUV that was chased by police was taken into custody Thursday afternoon in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara.

Three children and a woman also were in the car that came to a stop at a dead-end. The driver initially emerged with a small child but then re-entered the vehicle.

For more than an hour, a two-door, red and gray, two-toned GM SUV traveled at high speeds and weaved as it made its way north on Highway 101 toward Santa Maria.

The chase started in Canoga Park. Police said a man may have started an altercation with his ex-wife and taken their three children with him. It was unknown if the driver of the SUV was armed. There appeared to be a stroller strapped on top of the truck.

The man finally brought his vehicle to a stop because he was blocked from going further on a dirt road. When he emerged from the vehicle, he held an infant in his arms. Less than 10 minutes later, the standoff ended peacefully.

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