Man Leaves Woman on Freeway: CHP

Suspect Michael Obryant left his girlfriend on the side of the freeway and sped away with their 4-year-old son

By Sarah Grieco and Monica Garske
|  Friday, Apr 5, 2013  |  Updated 9:10 PM PDT
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Man Leaves Woman on Freeway: CHP

Police arrested the man in Carlsbad.

Officers arrested a man on southbound Interstate 5 after a pursuit Friday afternoon.

At about 2:15 p.m. commuters called 911 saying a car was stopped on southbound I-5 near Harbor Drive in Oceanside.

CHP officials say Los Angeles resident Michael Obryant, 27, was driving in his 2010 Dodge Caliber with his girlfriend and their 4-year-old son in the car.

The pair got into an argument and Obryant left his girlfriend on the side of the freeway, speeding off with the child still in the car.

Another driver passing by helped the woman and they followed Obryant and called 911.

CHP officers then initiated a pursuit and attempted to pull Obryant over, but he did not comply.

At one point, he stopped the car but continued to ignore commands from officers, who then broke his car window with a baton in an effort to take Obryant into custody.

After that, the suspect sped away and led officers on a pursuit on and off the freeway, avoiding several spike strips along the way.

At one point, CHP officials say Obryant allegedly attempted to ram an officer who was attempting a PIT maneuver on his vehicle.

Eventually, Obryant drove on side streets and was stopped by a spike strip at the intersection of Carlsbad Boulevard and Highland Drive.

No one was injured in the pursuit, officials confirmed.

Obryant was arrested and charged with felony evading, resisting arrest, felony child endangerment, felony assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and driving under the influence of marijuana. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

Obryant’s girlfriend was questioned by officers at the Oceanside CHP office and later released along with her son.

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