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DUI Round-Up
updated: Jan 20, 2014, 3:31 PM

Source: SBPD

In December 2013 officers from the Santa Barbara Police Department made 22 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.

12/4/13 at 8:06 a.m.: Thomas Marshall Scott (age 62) was stopped by Officer Carter and Officer Klug on the 2900 block of State Street for driving with expired registration tabs in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 4000(a). Officer Carter contacted Scott and noticed he was displaying signs of intoxication. Scott stated that he had not consumed any alcohol as it was too early in the morning, but said that he had been drinking the night before. Officer Carter conducted a DUI investigation and determined that Scott was far too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle. Scott was placed under arrest for DUI and he chose to submit to a blood test which registered his BAC at .28, more than three times the legal limit. Scott was issued a citation and admitted into the Sobering Center.

12/7/13 at 9:30 p.m.: Rocio Elizabeth Diaz (age 23) was involved in a collision when she rear-ended another vehicle on the 600 block of Anacapa Street. Officer Cardana arrived on scene and contacted Diaz who was the sole occupant of her vehicle. She stated that the car in front of her stopped at a green light which caused her to rear end it. Officer Cardana noticed that Diaz smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. Officer Cardana conducted a DUI investigation during which Diaz stated that she had consumed three drinks in the three hours prior to driving. Officer Cardana determined that Diaz was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle and placed her under arrest for DUI. She chose to submit to a blood test which registered her BAC at .27, more than three times the legal limit. Diaz was booked into County Jail.

12/25/13 at 9:58 p.m.: Jose Luis Rosales-Barrientos (age 35) was involved in a single-vehicle collision when he struck a wooden utility pole in the area of Canada Street and Montecito Street. Officer Eccles arrived on scene and contacted Rosales-Barrientos, who admitted to driving the vehicle and colliding with the pole. Officer Eccles noticed that Rosales-Barrientos was displaying signs of intoxication and conducted a DUI investigation. Rosales-Barrientos initially stated that he had consumed two to three beers but later stated he had consumed four to five beers at a party prior to driving. Officer Eccles attempted to have Rosales-Barrientos perform field sobriety tests however Rosales-Barrientos was too intoxicated to safely complete them. Rosales- Barrientos was arrested for DUI and he chose to submit to a breath test which registered his BAC at .24 and .24, three times the legal limit. Rosales- Barrientos was booked into County Jail for DUI and being an unlicensed driver.

12/29/13 at 5:42 p.m.: Robert James McInerney (age 45) was observed driving his vehicle recklessly in the area of Cabrillo Boulevard and Anacapa Street. A citizen called 9-1-1 after he observed McInerney almost collide with another vehicle and some pedestrians. The citizen then watched McInerney park his car and enter a restaurant. Officer Heinz and Officer Bruce arrived and contacted the citizen who provided a description of McInerney. As the citizen was speaking with the officers McInerney came out of the restaurant and saw the officers standing near his vehicle. McInerney was positively identified as the driver of the car that had been driving recklessly. He was contacted by the officers and was hostile and aggressive, prompting the officers to call for additional back-up. McInerney denied driving but displayed signs of intoxication. The bartender at the restaurant stated that McInerney had been at a party there earlier in the day and had been "cut-off" by the bartender due to his level of intoxication and the problems he was causing in the restaurant. Officer Bruce conducted a DUI investigation, determined that McInerney was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle, and placed him under arrest. McInerney refused to submit to a chemical test prompting Officer Bruce to obtain a search warrant to obtain a sample of his blood. McInerney was transported to County Jail where a blood test was performed which registered his BAC at .17, more than twice the legal limit. McInerney was booked into County Jail.

12/29/13 at 8:11 p.m.: Rebecca Allison Wells (age 43) was involved in a traffic collision when she rear-ended another vehicle at State Street and Calle Real. Officer Williams and Officer DeBlauw arrived on scene and from witness statements determined that Wells had rear-ended the other car. One witness stated that following the collision Wells had backed her vehicle and appeared to be ready to flee when the witness reached in the car and removed her keys. Officer DeBlauw conducted a DUI investigation during which Wells stated that she had consumed one shot of peppermint schnapps prior to driving. Wells said the accident was caused by her act of texting while driving; she also admitted to not having automobile insurance. Officer DeBlauw determined that Wells was too intoxicated safely operate a motor vehicle and placed her under arrest for DUI. Wells chose to submit to a breath test which registered her BAC at .34 and .33, more than four times the legal limit. Wells was issued a citation for DUI, unlicensed driver, texting while driving, and no proof of insurance and was admitted into the Sobering Center.

12/29/13 at 11:49 p.m.: Jake Thomas Mazur (age 25) was stopped by Officer Garcia after failing to stop for six stop signs. Officer Garcia was driving in the area of Garden Street and De La Guerra Street when he first observed Mazur, who was traveling in the opposite direction, fail to stop for a stop sign. Officer Garcia turned around and while attempting to close the distance between his vehicle and Mazur's vehicle, saw that Mazur made a series of turns and at times went through stop sign controlled intersections without even slowing. Officer Garcia was finally able to stop Mazur on the 600 block of E. Micheltorena Street. When Officer Garcia contacted Mazur he immediately noticed that Mazur appeared intoxicated. He conducted a DUI investigation on Mazur who gave conflicting statements as to how much alcohol he had consumed, although he acknowledged that he felt intoxicated. Officer Garcia determined that Mazur was far too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle and placed him under arrest. Mazur chose to submit to a blood test which registered his BAC at .24, three times the legal limit. Mazur was issued a citation for DUI and admitted into the Sobering Center.

 

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