updated: Oct 15, 2013, 4:48 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
In September 2013 officers from the Santa Barbara Police Department made 30 arrests for driving under the influence violations.
Numerous arrests are made each month when concerned citizens call 9-1-1 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 last month's cases.
9/1/13 at 3:30 p.m.: Joel Carbajal Quinones (age 47) was driving on Stearns Wharf when a citizen noticed him and became
concerned that he might be too intoxicated to drive safely. The citizen called 9-1-1 to report Quinones as a possible drunk driver. Quinones was seated in
his parked car when he was contacted by Officer Crooks. Officer Crooks noticed that Quinones displayed objective symptoms of intoxication. Officer
Crooks conducted a DUI investigation during which Quinones stated that he had consumed approximately three drinks between noon and 2:00 p.m., but
denied driving. Officer Crooks determined that Quinones was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle and took him into custody for DUI pursuant
to the witness's citizen's arrest. Quinones chose to submit to both a breath test and blood test; he provided two breath samples which registered his BAC at
.14 and .14 and provided a blood sample which registered his BAC at .13. Quinones was issued a citation for DUI and driving on a suspended license and
was admitted into the Sobering Center.
9/1/13 at 9:26 p.m.: Anibal Jovani Espana (age 29) was stopped by Officer Keller after she observed him driving with illegally
tinted front windows. Officer Keller contacted Espana and immediately noticed that he smelled strongly of alcohol, had bloodshot watery eyes, and that his
responses were slow. Espana initially stated that he had not consumed any alcohol prior to driving. Officer Keller explained the objective symptoms of
intoxication that she was observing at which time Espana stated that he had consumed one beer. Officer Keller conducted a DUI investigation and
determined that Espana was too impaired to safely operate a motor vehicle. Espana was placed under arrest for DUI and submitted to a breath test which
registered his BAC at .14 and .14. Espana was issued a citation for DUI.
9/1/13 at 10:48 p.m.: Meredith Lacy Taylor (age 23) was driving in the area of Cota Street and Santa Barbara Street when she
rear ended another vehicle. During the subsequent traffic collision investigation officers became concerned that Taylor was too intoxicated to safely operate
a motor vehicle. Officer Eccles arrived and conducted a DUI investigation on Taylor. Officer Eccles noticed that Taylor was unsteady on her feet, had
bloodshot watery eyes, and that she smelled strongly of alcohol. Taylor stated she had consumed one beer and one vodka tonic. Officer Eccles determined
that Taylor was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle and placed her under arrest for DUI. Taylor chose to submit to a blood test which
registered her BAC at .24. Taylor was issued a citation for DUI.
9/3/13 at 1:53 p.m.: Andres Santana Torres (age 40) was involved in a three-car injury collision in the area of Hope Avenue and
State Street. Torres made a right turn onto Hope Avenue and crossed over the center line, colliding with a car. He continued to drive north on Hope Avenue
and then rear ended another vehicle. Torres exited his car and initially gave his driver's license to one of the other involved drivers; he then demanded his
license back and fled the scene on foot. Fortunately, the other driver had taken pictures of Torres's driver's license and of him fleeing the scene. Officers
arrived and were able to locate Torres as he was attempting to return to his apartment complex. Upon contact with the officers Torres stated that he was
drunk. Officer Washington conducted a DUI investigation and saw that Torres displayed significant symptoms of intoxication; he was unable to complete all
the field sobriety tests due to his degree of drunkenness. Torres was placed under arrest for DUI and he initially chose to provide a blood sample. After
Torres arrived at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital he refused to consent to a blood test. Officer Reyes and Lt. Pfleging obtained a search warrant for Torres's
blood and at 6:15 p.m. a sample of Torres's blood was drawn. Torres's blood sample registered his BAC at .20. Torres was booked into County Jail for DUI
causing injury and injury hit and run, both felonies, with a bail amount of $100,000.00.
9/21/13 at 1:24 a.m.: Ethan Steel Devlin (age 24) was stopped by Officer Barriga for having an inoperable brake light. Officer
Barriga contacted Devlin and noticed that he displayed objective symptoms of intoxication including bloodshot watery eyes and a strong odor of alcohol.
Officer Barriga conducted a DUI investigation during which Devlin stated that he had consumed two shots of alcohol. Officer Barriga determined that Devlin
was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle and placed him under arrest for DUI. Devlin chose to submit to a breath test which registered his BAC
at .17 and .17. Devlin was booked into County Jail.
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