A suspect believed to be driving a stolen vehicle was arrested Thursday evening in Santa Monica, a sheriff’s official said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was tracking a possibly stolen vehicle when the driver fled from deputies, according to Sgt. Covarrubias from the Malibu-Lost Hills station. It was not immediately clear where the incident began.

Instead of chasing the suspect, Covarrubias said, the sheriff’s department contacted Santa Monica police. A sheriff’s helicopter was seen overhead in the area of Ocean Avenue and Strand Street.

The suspect was arrested in an alley in the area. No additional information was immediately available and the investigation is ongoing, Covarrubias said.

Santa Monica police officials could not be reached for comment.