updated: Dec 10, 2012, 7:53 PM
In November 2012 officers from the Santa Barbara Police Department made 25
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.
11/4/12 at 8:19 p.m.: Hannah Louise Semmler (age 21) was involved in a hit-and-
run traffic collision on 800 Castillo Street. Semmler fled the scene and the
victim followed her to 400 Dibblee Avenue where she then collided with a parked
car. Semmler attempted to again drive off before the first victim blocked her
vehicle with his own. He then exited his car, took Semmler's keys, and called
the police. Officer Dustin McGrew and Officer Maudlin arrived and contacted the
involved parties. Officer McGrew spoke with Semmler and discovered that she had
a suspended driver's license. Officer McGrew noticed that Semmler appeared
intoxicated, smelled of alcohol, and was slurring her speech. Semmler stated
that she had consumed two margaritas earlier in the day. Officer McGrew
conducted a DUI investigation; however Semmler was too intoxicated to safely
complete field sobriety tests. Officer McGrew placed Semmler under arrest for
DUI and she chose to provide a blood sample which registered her BAC at .24.
Semmler was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for DUI, unlicensed driver,
and two counts of hit and run.
11/14/12 at 1:20 p.m.: Thomas W. Gully (age 46) was observed intoxicated at the
County Administration Building on the 1100 block of Anacapa Street. Several
concerned citizens called police and stated that Gully was seen stumbling into
the area of City Lot 7; the citizens were concerned that Gully was going to get
into a vehicle and drive. Officer Lombardo and Officer Corbett responded and
searched the area on foot. Officer Lombardo and Officer Corbett were given a
description of Gully and his clothing, but did not know what kind of vehicle he
drove. Officer Corbett stood near the exit of the city lot and contacted Gully
as he attempted to drive out. Officer Corbett noticed that Gully appeared very
intoxicated with bloodshot eyes and thick slurred speech. Gully quickly became
uncooperative and combative. Officer Corbett and Officer Lombardo were
eventually able to maneuver Gully out of his vehicle, onto the ground, and into
handcuffs. Gully was placed under arrest for DUI and resisting arrest and was
advised of his requirement to submit to a chemical test. Gully refused to
provide a sample of his blood or breath for analysis. He was transported to
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and at the direction of a police supervisor
subjected to a forced blood draw which registered his BAC at .28. Gully was
booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for DUI and resisting arrest.
11/17/12 at 10:06 p.m.: John William Reilly (age 48) made a right turn from an
improper lane position at the intersection of Anacapa Street and Mission Street.
Officer Jan conducted a traffic stop and noticed that Reilly appeared
intoxicated and requested that Drinking Driver Team Officer Tudor respond to
conduct a DUI investigation. Officer Tudor contacted Reilly and noticed that he
appeared very intoxicated, slurring his speech and smelling strongly of alcohol.
Nevertheless, Reilly said he had not consumed any alcohol. Officer Tudor
conducted a DUI investigation and arrested Reilly for DUI. Reilly chose to
provide a breath test which registered his BAC at .29. Reilly was issued a
citation for DUI and admitted into the Sobering Center.
11/23/12 at 2:31 a.m.: Christina Marie Tanner (age 25), was the driver and sole
occupant of a vehicle that collided with a parked car on 1000 Bath Street
causing her vehicle to roll over and come to rest on its roof. Officer Denbrook
arrived and contacted Tanner who was standing on the sidewalk near her car.
Officer Denbrook noticed that Tanner smelled strongly of alcohol and was
displaying symptoms of intoxication. Tanner stated that she had not consumed
any alcohol. Officer Denbrook conducted a DUI investigation; however Tanner
refused to complete many of the field sobriety tests. Officer Denbrook
determined that Tanner was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle and
placed her under arrest for DUI. Tanner chose to provide a blood sample which
registered her BAC at .19. Tanner was evaluated by medical personnel and then
issued a citation for DUI and admitted into the Sobering Center.
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