updated: Feb 20, 2014, 3:26 PM
In January 2014 officers from the Santa Barbara Police Department made 21 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.
1/1/14 at 4:15 a.m.: Krista Koch (age 33) and Aaron Koch (Age 36) were staying at a hotel on Cabrillo Boulevard when patrons in nearby rooms contacted 9-1-1 reporting a domestic disturbance. Officers arrived and contacted both Krista Koch and Aaron Koch and determined that they had been involved in a verbal argument only. Officers noted, however, that both parties were intoxicated. Aaron Koch agreed to leave with a friend in order to cool off for the night. Less than an hour later officers were called back to the scene on a report of Aaron Koch driving erratically and recklessly in the parking lot of the hotel. Officer Hunt and Officer Little arrived and saw that Aaron Koch had returned to his hotel room, however witnesses placed Aaron behind the wheel just prior to the officers' arrival. Officer Hunt investigated Aaron for DUI and determined that he was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle. Aaron was placed under arrest for DUI and he chose to submit to a breath test which registered his BAC at .12 and .12. Aaron Koch was booked into County Jail. While the officers were dealing with Aaron, Officer Little observed the Koch's vehicle exiting the hotel parking lot and travelling onto the street. He saw that Krista Koch was driving the car and was aware from his contact with her less than an hour prior that she was intoxicated. Officer Little conducted a traffic stop and performed a DUI investigation on Krista Koch. Officer Little determined that Krista was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle and placed her under arrest for DUI. She chose to submit to a breath test which registered her BAC at .14 and .13. Krista Koch was issued a citation and admitted into the Sobering Center.
1/2/14 at 8:35 a.m.: Landon Grey Robinson (age 28) was involved in a hit-and-run collision when he rear-ended another vehicle on the Las Positas overpass. Robinson fled the scene just as officers were arriving; there was significant damage to Robinson's vehicle which assisted officers in locating him on Leslie Drive shortly after the collision. Robinson denied being in a collision despite there being significant damage to his car. Officers Hesketh and Baca arrived and conducted a DUI investigation on Robinson. Robinson was displaying signs of being significantly intoxicated and stated that he believed it was 1:00 a.m. and that he was in Tustin, CA. He stated that he had two or three drinks prior to driving. Officers Hesketh and Baca determined that Robinson was far too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle and placed him under arrest for DUI. Robinson chose to submit to a breath test which registered his BAC at .34 and .34. Robinson was booked into County Jail for DUI and hit-and-run.
1/2/14 at 1:03 p.m.: Guillermina Prieto (age 42) was stopped by police as a result of numerous 9-1-1 calls regarding her reckless driving. At approximately 11:33 a.m. Ventura CHP received five calls from concerned citizens regarding Prieto's driving in the Ventura area. At that time officers were unable to locate her vehicle. At 12:55 p.m. the CHP starting receiving multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a possible DUI driver in the same vehicle which is registered to Prieto. The vehicle was now traveling near Summerland. A concerned citizen was now following Prieto's vehicle and updating 9-1-1 as to her location until officers could intercept her. Prieto was ultimately stopped on the 800 block of Salsipuedes Street. Officers immediately observed that Prieto appeared very intoxicated. The citizen that had been following her stated that Prieto had been weaving across multiple lanes on the freeway and that other drivers had to make efforts to avoid being struck. Prieto had been observed failing to stop at three stop signs prior to the traffic stop on Salsipuedes Street. Officer Ortega conducted a DUI investigation during which Prieto stated she had consumed three 24 ounce beers at 9:00 a.m. Officer Ortega determined that Prieto was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle and placed her under arrest for DUI. Prieto chose to submit to a breath test which registered her BAC at .27 and .28. She was booked into County Jail.
1/4/14 at 3:42 a.m.: Elvis Garcia (age 26) was involved in a single vehicle rollover collision on the 2500 block of Chapala Street. Officer Lombardo arrived on scene and observed that Garcia was the only person in the vehicle and that he was unable to exit the car due to the collision. Officer Lombardo assisted Garcia out of the vehicle so that he could be examined by paramedics. Officer Lombardo noticed that Garcia smelled strongly of alcohol and became concerned that he might be intoxicated. Officer Tudor arrived and conducted a DUI investigation on Garcia. Garcia denied driving his car even after being confronted with the fact that he had been the only occupant trapped in it. Garcia admitted to drinking five to six shots of tequila prior to the collision. Officer Tudor determined that Garcia was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle and placed him under arrest for DUI. Garcia chose to submit to a breath test which registered his BAC at .26 and .26. Following a medical evaluation Garcia issued a citation for DUI and unlicensed driver and admitted into the Sobering Center.
1/16/14 at 12:58 a.m.: Katerina Stickel (age 28) was travelling east on 1100 E. Cabrillo Boulevard when she collided with a palm tree and several signs. Several citizens witnessed the collision and stopped to render aid. They stated that after the crash they saw Stickel revving her car's engine, attempting to leave the scene. When Stickel could not dislodge her vehicle, she climbed to the passenger side of the car and exited. Officer Tudor arrived on scene and contacted Stickel. He observed that she smelled strongly of alcohol, had bloodshot and watery eyes, and appeared intoxicated. Officer Tudor conducted a DUI investigation during which Stickel stated that she had consumed one glass of wine and one mixed drink prior to driving. Officer Tudor discovered that Stickel was currently on probation for DUI, and per the terms of her probation she was required to submit to a preliminary breath test which registered her BAC at .219. Officer Tudor completed his investigation and determined that Stickel was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle; she was placed under arrest for DUI however she refused to submit to a chemical test. Officer Tudor obtained a search warrant to acquire a sample of Stickel's blood. Stickel was transported to County Jail where a sample of her blood was drawn which registered her BAC at .19. Stickel was booked into County Jail for DUI and violation of probation.
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