DUI Round Up
updated: Oct 09, 2012, 11:51 AM
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
In September 2012 officers from the Santa Barbara Police Department made 43 arrests for driving under
the influence violations. Numerous arrests are made each month when concerned citizens call 911 after
witnessing possible DUI drivers. The SBPD would like to thank the responsible citizens who take the
time to call and report suspected drunk drivers. The following is information on a few of those cases.
9/10/12 at 6:03 p.m.: Susan Bobay (age 51) was driving an RV and collided with a parked vehicle in the
La Cumbre Mall parking lot. Officers Keller and Harrison arrived and contacted a citizen who had
witnessed the collision. Bobay was the sole occupant of the RV and was displaying signs of alcohol
intoxication. Officer Keller conducted a DUI investigation and determined that Bobay was too
intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle. Officer Keller also suspected that Bobay was under the
influence of a controlled substance. Bobay was placed under arrest for DUI and transported to the
hospital to provide a blood sample. Bobay became uncooperative and violent, screaming and
attempting to kick Officer Keller. Bobay refused to cooperate with the blood draw at the hospital
prompting Officer Keller to transport Bobay to County Jail for a forced blood draw. At County Jail Bobay
continued to refuse to submit to a blood test; nevertheless a blood sample was obtained through a
forced blood draw that registered her BAC at .19. A records check revealed that Bobay had an extensive
history of DUI convictions including a prior felony conviction. Bobay was booked at County Jail for
felony DUI (prior felony conviction) and violation of probation with bail set at $100,000.00.
9/11/12 at 2:55 p.m.: Guillermo Arturo Gomez (age 57) was observed stumbling into the underground
parking lot at Ralphs Grocery Store, 101 W. Carrillo Street. The witness was concerned about Gomez's
well being and called 911. Sergeant Rauch and Officer Corbett responded to check on Gomez's welfare
and contacted him as he was sitting in his vehicle in the lot. Officer Corbett contacted Gomez and
noticed that he smelled strongly of alcohol and appeared very intoxicated. Gomez stated, "I'm drunk"
and "take me to jail." Sergeant Rauch discovered that a nearby witness had seen Gomez drive into the
underground parking lot. The witness positively identified Gomez as the driver of the vehicle. Officer
Corbett conducted a DUI investigation and determined that Gomez was far too intoxicated to operate a
motor vehicle. A records check revealed that Gomez has had four DUI convictions since 2005 is
currently on probation for DUI. He is required to have an ignition interlock device in his vehicle, which
he did not have. Gomez was placed under arrest for DUI; he chose to complete a blood test, which
registered his BAC at .28. He was booked at County Jail on $100,000.00 bail for felony DUI (DUI with 3
or more priors), suspended license, violation of probation, and ignition interlock device required.
9/12/12 at 7:53 a.m.: Wade Wesley Rogers (age 49) was driving a Penske moving truck when he collided
with a parked vehicle on the 400 block of E. Yanonali Street. The owner of the parked vehicle witnessed
the collision and saw Rogers flee the scene. The victim of the hit-and-run got into his vehicle and
followed Rogers to 100 N. Calle Cesar Chavez where Rogers had pulled over to the side of the road.
The victim blocked Rogers' truck and confronted him. Rogers again fled, hitting another parked vehicle
in the process. The first victim called 911 and then lost sight of Rogers as he drove away. Officers
LaTorre, Maragopoulos, Corbett, and Freytag responded. As the officers were searching for the suspect
vehicle dispatch received a call advising that a Penske truck (driver later identified as Rogers) had
collided with a school bus loaded with children at Santa Barbara Street and Cota Street. Rogers was
eventually apprehended near the 400 block of E. Yanonali Street. Officer Corbett saw that Rogers
appeared intoxicated and conducted a DUI investigation. After being identified by numerous witnesses
Rogers admitted to all 3 hit-and-run collisions. He stated that he had driven the loaded Penske truck
from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara, and that prior to leaving Las Vegas had smoked crack cocaine. He also
admitted to drinking half a pint of vodka and two beers. Officer Corbett had Rogers perform several
field sobriety tests and determined that Rogers was too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle. Rogers
was placed under arrest and provided two breath samples that registered .16 and .15 BAC. It was
discovered that Rogers is currently on probation for DUI. Rogers was booked into County Jail on
$25,000 bail for DUI, violation of probation, suspended license, three counts of hit and run, and
possession of a crack pipe.
9/16/12 at 1:52 a.m.: Latoya Adina Livingston (age 25) was observed driving her vehicle south on the
500 block of Anacapa Street with inoperative tail lights. Officer Cruz and Officer Bruce were driving
behind Livingston's vehicle and observed her make several turns including a left onto State Street at an
unsafe speed with tires screeching. Officer Cruz and Officer Bruce followed Livingston south on State
Street and activated their overhead emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. Officer Cruz next
activated the siren on their vehicle at State Street and the 101 overpass, however instead of yielding
Livingston accelerated to an estimated 70 to 80 mph, making a right turn onto W. Mason Street and
then a left turn onto Chapala Street, while failing to stop for posted stop signs. Officers Cruz and Bruce
continued to follow Livingston in the narrow vehicle lined streets at an estimated 70 mph. Livingston's
vehicle pulled into the Franciscan Inn at 109 Bath Street and struck a ramp at a high rate of speed,
lifting all four tires of the vehicle off the ground. The vehicle came to a rapid stop just out of view and
seconds later Livingston was seen running between cars away from her vehicle. Livingston was
apprehended by Officers Cruz and Bruce and placed under arrest for felony evading. Officer Cruz
noticed that Livingston was displaying signs of intoxication and conducted a DUI investigation.
Livingston stated she had consumed two vodka tonic drinks at Tonic Nightclub prior to driving. Officer
Cruz determined that Livingston was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle and placed her
under arrest for DUI. Livingston provided two breath samples which registered her BAC at .18 and .18.
Livingston also provided a urine test for a re-testable sample. Livingston was booked at County Jail for
felony evading, DUI, suspended license, and false identification to a peace officer.
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