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(Buellton CHP photo)

It’s a photo from the Central Coast which has gone viral.

Two California Highway Patrol officers loaded a giant runaway tortoise into their patrol unit found roaming around the Santa Ynez Valley for a ride to an animal rescue center.

(CHP photo)

A kids lifeguard program on the South Coast had a big scare, after someone stole a parked truck and trailer filled with its gear like surfboards. The theft was discovered at San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura at around 6:30 Tuesday morning.

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

Detectives say a chase which started when two teenagers stole a van from a group home on the Central Coast led to seven people being injured in a chain reaction traffic accident.

Investigators say it started at about 6:30 Tuesday morning, when one of the teens assaulted an employee at the Santa Maria facility, and the two stole the van. Law enforcement officers started chasing the vehicle southbound on Highway 101 until the van’s tires were damaged, and it became disabled in the center divider a few miles north of Gaviota.

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

Investigators say that a vehicle involved in a fatal head-on crash Friday morning in Santa Barbara County was stolen.

The crash happened just before six a.m. Friday, about eight miles northwest of the Highway 1-Highway 101 intersection near Gaviota. It snarled traffic for much of the morning commute.

Authorities are investigating a crash in Ventura County that killed one woman and severely injured two other women.

The California Highway Patrol says it happened around 5:30 Saturday evening on Highway 101 just north of Padre Juan Canyon near Faria Beach.

Investigators are trying to figure out why a woman led law enforcement officers on a wild, more than 60 miles chase in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties.

The pursuit started at about four a.m. Tuesday on Highway 126 near Newhall.

Authorities are investigating a double fatal accident on the South Coast.

It happened on Saturday just after 4 am on the westbound 118, just west of Stearns Street, in Simi Valley. The California Highway Patrol says two people were killed. The accident involved multiple vehicles. No other information has been released.

A CHP officer is recovering from injuries he suffered in a traffic accident in Santa Barbara County.

The 42 year old officer was southbound on Highway 101 between Gaviota and Buellton just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, when he apparently lost control of his patrol car in the rain.

The patrol car slid off the highway, hit a tree, and spun around coming to rest against a second tree.

The officer was taken to a hospital with what are described as minor injuries.

Three teens are behind bars following a wild car chase in Santa Barbara County which ended when they crashed on a high school campus.

A CHP officer tried to stop a car headed northbound on Highway 1 between Buellton and Lompoc just after 10 a.m. Tuesday. The driver refused to stop, with officers saying the car was being driven recklessly through Lompoc. The car then went over a curb, crashing into an electrical box on the Lompoc High School campus.

(Photo courtesy CHP)

CHP investigators say a man with dementia apparently wandered onto Highway 101 in Ventura County, where he was struck and killed.

The body of the 68 year old man was discovered just after 7 a.m. Tuesday on the center divider of the northbound 101 near Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks. His name hasn’t been released yet, and an autopsy is still pending.

Officers say evidence at the scene indicates the man might have been struck by a Toyota which didn’t stop, so they are looking with a vehicle with front end damage.

New traffic safety laws are now in effect to keep California roadways safer. 

In addition to a new law that bars drivers from holding and operating their cell phones, there are other California traffic laws that are on the books starting in this new year.

One involves car seats for children.

“Children under two years of age must ride rear-facing in an appropriate child passenger safety seat,” Santa Barbara California Highway Patrol Sergeant Steven Reid said.

Previously, those required to ride rear-facing were under one year of age.

Another involves a gray area of the law -- lane splitting. That’s when motorcyclists drive between stopped or moving traffic.

There’s been an arrest in a fatal hit and run accident on the South Coast.

Miguel Gutierrez-Vargas was crossing San Lorenzo Drive near San Felipe Drive in Goleta early Thursday morning when he was struck by a pickup truck, which then fled the scene. Gutierrez-Vargas died at a hospital a short time later.

Based on information from witnesses, they identified Juan Aguilar Perez of Santa Barbara as a suspect. He was arrested Friday morning on manslaughter and hit and run with injury charges.

Authorities are now identifying a motorcyclist killed in a three vehicle collision on Highway 101 which snarled traffic for hours during the afternoon commute in Santa Barbara Monday.

David Joseph Irwin died at a hospital shortly after the crash on the southbound 101 near Cabrillo Boulevard.

The CHP is still trying to determine what happened, but investigators say the accident involved two trucks and the motorcycle. The 27 year old victim was from the Riverside County community of Norco.

Authorities are investigating a triple fatal, wrong way crash on the South Coast.

The accident happened on Sunday around 1:30 a.m. on Highway 126 near Center Street in the Moorpark area. The California Highway Patrol says a 35-year-old Los Angeles man driving a 2015 Kia Optima traveled eastbound on the westbound #1 lane and crashed head-on into a 2012 Toyota Camry that was carrying two women from Fillmore.  All three people were killed in the collision.