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DUI Round-Up
updated: Dec 10, 2012, 7:53 PM

Source: SBPD

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.

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 EDDIEKD agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-10 09:56 PM

I'd like to see mugshots routinely included. I want to be able to recognize the faces of people who have endangered community members' safety.


 COMMENT 352591P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-10 10:15 PM

I agree ! Freedom of the press (or the ed's)


 COMMENT 352627 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 06:37 AM

This isn't Putin's Russia. Arrested and convicted are two different things.


 COMMENT 352647 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 07:17 AM

Off with their heads! Right?? It is fascinating that there seems no limit to the froth-mouthed and vengeful sentiments of some shallow souls until they themselves or someone they care about gets caught or falsely accused. And then they weep like the little cry babies that they are. Public humiliation on edhat (without mugshots) and whatever the court, the dmv, the employers and insurance companies have in store for them is a lot to handle. If all that won't work to correct their future behavior, nothing will.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 07:20 AM

I would also like to see Mug Shots of Drunk and DUI Drivers, as well as Drunk and DUI Drivers doing community service at the coroners office. Cry Babies are entitled to their opinions too!


 COMMENT 352720 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 09:03 AM

Every time I read these it makes me fear ever driving on our roads. I look at the time stamps though and thankfully it is only a rare event that I'm out on the road at the hour of some of the epic arrest reports described.


 COMMENT 352733P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 09:16 AM

Are we supposed to call 911 if we witness an aggressive driver - not necessarily a suspected DUI? Yesterday I was driving northbound on the 101 at 5:00 (heavy traffic) and a young woman driver in a Jeep wrangler was weaving in and out of traffic changing lanes within inches of the other cars' bumpers, and then tailgating within a few feet of the car ahead of her. She is an accident waiting to happen - in a hurry, all "me, me, me" attitude.


 COMMENT 352742 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 09:29 AM

733P - I've called 911 for the exact same type of driving. However, I do so only when they put me and my passengers (my wife and 2 young sons) in danger such as swerving into my lane almost hitting me. I guess I take it pretty personally when an idiot driver is so wreckless that they put my family's lives in danger. I've called and told dispatch that I wasn't sure whether they were drunk or not but they almost ran me off the road and now they're doing it to other cars. They always say thanks for the tip!


 COMMENT 352872P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 01:41 PM

742: Thanks - next time I witness that type of driving I will call. These people put everyone else on the road at risk.


 COMMENT 353051 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 07:17 PM

And other deep thoughts by Jack Handy.


 COMMENT 353067P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 07:52 PM

Another great example of SBPD's policy of refusing to release evidence except during the discovery process of a trial, and providing more evidence of SBPD's lack of credibility and hypocrisy as a bonus.


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