updated: Jul 09, 2012, 7:35 PM
In June 2012, SBPD made fifty 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.
6/3/12, 0030 hours, Ryan Fling (age 31) was observed driving with an inoperable headlight by Officer
Cardana. Officer Cardana pulled behind Fling's vehicle as it traveled south on Anacapa Street towards
Gutierrez Street. The vehicle made a left turn, eastbound, onto Gutierrez Street, driving the wrong way
on a one-way street. Officer Cardana conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and immediately noticed
that Fling displayed signs of alcohol intoxication. He requested the Drinking Driver Team Officer and
Officer Tudor responded and contacted Fling. Fling became uncooperative, initially refusing to exit his
vehicle. He stated to Officer Tudor that he had consumed some alcohol and had also taken both Xanax
and Vicodin; he further stated that he was a combat veteran. Officer Tudor was able to get Fling to exit
the vehicle, however as he attempted to conduct a pat search for weapons, Fling began fighting with the
officers. Officer Little responded to assist and ultimately Fling was handcuffed. Fling was placed under
arrest for DUI and resisting arrest. Fling was advised of his requirement to submit to a chemical test to
measure the alcohol content of his blood and given the choice to submit to a blood test or a breath test.
Fling refused to cooperate with a chemical test, requiring the blood nurse to collect the sample with a
"forced draw" while Fling was handcuffed and lying on a padded mat. Fling's BAC was measured at .28.
He was booked into County Jail.
6/7/12, 0059 hours, Eric West (age 44) was stopped by Drinking Driver Team Officer Tudor for driving
with an inoperable brake light. When Officer Tudor contacted West he immediately noticed West was
displayed signs of alcohol intoxication. West initially denied consuming any alcohol, however later
stated that he had consumed one twenty-ounce beer. Officer Tudor conducted a DUI investigation and
determined that West was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle. West provided two breath
samples which registered his BAC at .17 and .15. West was issued a citation for DUI and admitted into
the Sobering Center.
6/9/12, 0150 hours, Charlie Alvarez Lorenzo (age 23) was observed by Officer Corbett parked at a 7-
Eleven parking lot. Officer Corbett observed Lorenzo driving away from the lot, noticed that Lorenzo's
vehicle was weaving, and conducted a traffic stop. Officer Corbett discovered that Lorenzo was on
probation for DUI which included a "no alcohol when driving" term. Lorenzo stated he had consumed
one beer approximately three hours earlier. According to the terms of his probation, Lorenzo was
required to provide a breath sample which registered his BAC at .214. Officer Corbett conducted a DUI
investigation and later determined that Lorenzo was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle.
He placed Lorenzo under arrest for DUI and violation of probation. Lorenzo chose to submit to a blood
test which registered his BAC at .19. Lorenzo was booked into County Jail.
6-17-12, 1815 hours, Catherine Cora (age 45) was driving and involved in a minor traffic collision
where she rear-ended another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle reported that he believed that
Cora might be under the influence. Officer Battaglia arrived and contacted Cora and noticed that she
displayed symptoms of alcohol intoxication. Cora stated she had consumed three bottles of beer prior
to driving. Officer Battaglia conducted a DUI investigation and determined that Cora was too intoxicated
to safely operate a motor vehicle. Cora provided two breath samples which registered her BAC at .20
and .19 and a blood sample which registered her BAC at .19. Cora was issued a citation and admitted
into the Sobering Center.
6-23-12, 0159 hours, Christopher Hund (age 31) was driving in the area of 1400 Salinas Place when
Officer Payne conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle. Officer Payne had received a call from dispatch
advising that a citizen had called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle and possible DUI driver. Officer
Payne located a matching vehicle in the area driven by Christopher Hund. Officer Payne noted that Hund
was displaying signs of intoxication and requested the Drinking Driver Team to assist. Drinking Driver
Team Officer Tudor arrived and contacted Hund, also noting signs of intoxication. Hund stated he had
consumed four beers and two shots while at a bar downtown. Officer Tudor conducted a DUI
investigation and determined that Hund was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle. Hund
was placed under arrest a chose to provide a blood sample which registered his BAC at .19. He was
issued a citation and admitted into the Sobering Center.
|| Celebrity chef and Santa Barbara resident Cat Cora was cited June 17 for driving under the influence after
she caused a minor traffic accident on upper State Street.
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