Felon Arrested After A Swim In Goleta Slough Lagoon

Goleta, CA — Over the weekend, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies spotted a known felon who they tried to arrest at a traffic stop on South Fairview Ave. near the Santa Barbara Airport.  The suspect, Binisio Nicolas Pereda, failed to yield and took off to the Goleta Slough area, where the Air Support Unit observed a subject to be swimming in the lagoon. 

Several law enforcement personnel responded to the lagoon and were able to talk the suspect into swimming to shore and surrendering.

Pereda was taken into custody without further incident and handcuffed on the shoreline.  He was transported back to the bike path and transported by ambulance to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital for medical evaluation and clearance. 

He was then transported and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for violation of several charges.