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2010 High-Speed Chase Perp Killed By Long Beach Police

Erick Balint Recently Released From Prison For March 2010 Incident in Santa Barbara


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A Long Beach gang member who was arrested and served time in Santa Barbara County Jail after a March 2010 high-speed pursuit that snaked south along Highway 101 in Carpinteria was killed in a gun battle with Long Beach police Wednesday morning.

Erick Balint, 32, had been sentenced in Santa Barbara Superior Court to five years and four months in state prison — he pleaded guilty at the time to a number of felony charges, including domestic violence, robbery, vehicle theft, and recklessly evading officers — and was recently released, said Santa Barbara prosecutor Arnis Tolks.

Erick Balint 2010 booking photo. Balint was injured during a high-speed pursuit with Santa Barbara authorities when he crashed a stolen car off Highway 101
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Erick Balint 2010 booking photo. Balint was injured during a high-speed pursuit with Santa Barbara authorities when he crashed a stolen car off Highway 101

According to reports in the Long Beach Post, Balint’s ex-girlfriend flagged down officers at around 2:30 a.m. in a Carson area neighborhood to tell them Balint had made death threats against her and her family.

When officers located him at a nearby gas station, Balint opened fire on the approaching cruisers, officials said. He then fled through a park, exchanging gunfire with police along the way, and was shot and killed as he tried to break into a home. A handgun was recovered at the scene. Long Beach officials continue to investigate the pursuit and fatal shooting.

During the 2010 Santa Barbara chase, Balint had stolen his girlfriend’s car outside of a Linden Avenue grocery store in Carpinteria. When Sheriff’s deputies tried to pull him over, he lead them, Ventura deputies, and CHP officers — accompanied by two helicopters — on a chase that ended when he crashed off a highway embankment and knocked himself unconscious.

Tolks, who said Balint had no prior stints in prison before his arrest, noted that during Balint’s prosecution Long Beach detectives made it known they were looking for him for unrelated reasons.

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I just don't get it. Life is so much easier to live than that. There are just so many more options. Why pick the ones that inevitably lead to an early and violent death?

Eckermann (anonymous profile)
September 26, 2013 at 8:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You wouldn't want to get it, and hopefully nobody reading this will ever get it because this guy clearly went to the Dark Side.

I don't want to understand what it's like to have the demons that drove him to do what he did, and luckily, 99% of us don't have to worry about that. It simply is what it is.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
September 26, 2013 at 10:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Glory!

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
September 27, 2013 at 4:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If this happened here Billclausen would be calling the cops trigger happy.

deniseL (anonymous profile)
September 27, 2013 at 6:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

DeniseL, I forget, are you the Daryl Genis devotee or his nemesis? All I know is that since you've posted we will probably be subject to a long thread with you and him and yes, I'm overflowing with joy because this killing happened somewhere else because as you have pointed out, my criteria for "trigger happy" is whether or not it happens in Santa Barbara.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
September 27, 2013 at 6:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"2010 High-Speed Chase Perp Killed By Long Beach Police Erick Balint Recently Released From Prison For March 2010 Incident in Santa Barbara", Bravo, Bravo, Long Beach PD! Thank you for ridding the world of this miscreant!

dou4now (anonymous profile)
September 27, 2013 at 7:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Who was the SB judge who sentenced him to 5 years?

banjo (anonymous profile)
September 27, 2013 at 7:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Good riddance.....score one for society.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
September 27, 2013 at 9:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Good job Coppers!!!

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
September 27, 2013 at 2:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What the world should be rid of is the ones who are cheering that a human life is now over. HE IS DEAD. Get ahold of yourselves for Gods sake.

aprilj42676 (anonymous profile)
September 27, 2013 at 4:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

DeniseL, why are you being a crabby one today?

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
September 27, 2013 at 6:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I guess dolphins don't have periods.

SezMe (anonymous profile)
September 30, 2013 at 11:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Always love reading GOOD news about reprobate human trash. Glad he got his criminal ticket punched and has been rightfully hauled off to the bonefill.
Sad news is there are thousands of more just like him----low-IQ morons racked by testosterone poisoning and the allure of thuglife.

Good riddance.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
September 30, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

SezMe, that was a sexist statement so time for some sensitivity training for U! Also as the Big D (Draxor) points out, it is human trash, not sea trash, that cause the problems.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
September 30, 2013 at 3:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So a violent offender got out in half of his time due to over crowding. We have more of that to look forward to.

pazala (anonymous profile)
September 30, 2013 at 5:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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