Alpine, California - A sheriff's deputy assigned to the Alpine Station saw a vehicle with an expired registration violation speeding on a county road. The deputy initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle. The vehicle failed to yield and a traffic pursuit ensued. The pursuit traveled through several jurisdictions before being handed off to the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP utilized a precision immobilization technique (PIT) in an attempt to end the pursuit. The vehicle entered a parking lot in the 2500 Block of Sweetwater Rd. in National City and struck an unoccupied parked vehicle.
The driver, Michael Babbitt, 42, ran from the vehicle. Sheriff's deputies took Babbitt into custody. The passenger in the vehicle, Amanda Salama, 26, was also taken into custody. Both suspects were booked into the county jail system for various charges. Babbitt was booked for felony evasion, possession of burglary tools, possession of illegal weapons, possession of narcotics for sales, and committing a crime while out on bond. Salama was booked for possession of narcotics for sales, destruction/concealing evidence, and committing a crime while out on bond.
Anyone with information about this case can call the Sheriff's Department non-emergency line at (858)565-5200. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at (888)580-8477.