Hit and Run Arrest Followed by Felon in Possession of Narcotics

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

On August 2, 2021, around 1:00pm, Santa Barbara Police Traffic Officers responded to the area of Oceano Avenue and Del Sol Avenue for a report of a hit and run collision with injuries. Several community members contacted the Combined Communications Center to report a vehicle had struck a juvenile riding a bicycle in the area, and was fleeing the scene. There were three juvenile bicyclists riding with the victim and witnessed the collision. The suspect vehicle had also left vehicle parts at the collision scene prior to fleeing.

Traffic Officers arrived and were able to get a detailed description of the suspect vehicle and license plate. While one of the Traffic Officers was responding to the collision, they observed the suspect vehicle that matched the description and reported plate. The Officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the suspect driver in the area of West Montecito Street and Castillo Street.

The suspect driver was identified as Jessica Mendoza, a 34-year-old Santa Barbara resident.

The investigation revealed Mendoza was involved in the collision and failed to stay at the scene, provide any exchange of information, or render aid to the injured juvenile. Mendoza was arrested and booked in the Santa Barbara County Jail for, Hit and Run with Injury (felony), Driving on a Suspended License (misdemeanor), Driving without an Alcohol Interlock Device (misdemeanor), and No Proof on Insurance (infraction). Mendoza’s vehicle was impounded, and she is being held on $50,000 bail.

The juvenile victim was not seriously injured.

Several hours later, on August 2, 2021, around 6:20pm, a Traffic Officer on a motorcycle was on a detail conducting problem-oriented speed enforcement in the area of 4000 Calle Real. The Officer observed a vehicle where the driver was clearly not wearing a seatbelt. The Officer conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver and passenger.

The driver, identified as Michael J. Diaz, a 28-year-old Buellton resident, informed the Officer he did not have a valid license. When it was confirmed Diaz did not have a valid license, the Officer asked if the passenger was licensed and if they could take custody of the car so it would not have to be towed. Upon checking on the passenger’s driving status, Officers learned Angelica Sancha Hernandez, a 25-year-old Santa Barbara resident, had a warrant for her arrest. Diaz also had three active warrants for his arrest and was on active parole. Both Diaz and Hernandez were taken into custody on scene.

A search of their vehicle revealed Hernandez was in possession of a large quantity of illegal narcotics that totaled over 4 pounds. Large amounts of methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, suboxone, clonazepam, and oxycodone were all located inside the vehicle.  Also located inside the vehicle was a loaded 9mm handgun and a replica firearm that looks identical to an actual handgun. The vehicle was impounded by Officers.

Diaz was charged with Felon in Possession of Handgun (felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales (felony), Transportation of a Controlled Substance (felony), Possession of Methamphetamine for Sales (felony), Transportation of Methamphetamine (felony), Possession of a High Capacity Magazine (misdemeanor), Felon in Possession of Ammunition (misdemeanor), Use/Manufacture of a False Compartment Concealing Illegal Narcotics (misdemeanor), and the above mentioned warrants.

When booking Diaz in the Santa Barbara County Jail, it was discovered he had more narcotics hidden on him and an additional charge of Entering a Government Facility with Contraband (felony) was added. Diaz is being held without bail.

Hernandez was charged with Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia (misdemeanor), Possession of Drugs without a Prescription (misdemeanor), and a warrant. She was booked in the Santa Barbara County Jail. Bail was set at $50,000.

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bicyclist Aug 05, 2021 06:48 AM
Hit and Run Arrest Followed by Felon in Possession of Narcotics

Ouch, "...struck a juvenile riding a bicycle in the area,", but somehow The juvenile victim was not seriously injured. THANKFULLY!!! Not going to comment on the women driver, dang-it... As for the second incident "illegal narcotics" imagine that?

SBSand Aug 05, 2021 08:00 AM
Hit and Run Arrest Followed by Felon in Possession of Narcotics

For this one, there is a thread on Nextdoor that has witness accounts that tell the whole story. The boy actually struck the vehicle, it was the child's fault and the driver stayed on site until the Ambulance was there and she knew he was ok but I guess this explains why she was in a hurry to leave before the police came.

SBLetsGetAlong Aug 05, 2021 05:07 PM
Hit and Run Arrest Followed by Felon in Possession of Narcotics

The driver should not have been on the road in the first place. It is her fault.
She has no license for a reason & no insurance.
She was cited for “ Driving without an Alcohol Interlock Device “

So perhaps she was intoxicated when she hit the child?

Where does it say she stated until the ambulance arrived? That’s not what I heard. Either way she is absolutely liable because she should t have been there.

Lock her up and don’t give the car back. Fortunately things weren’t that bad, thus time. But she’ll get behind the wheel again.

Luvaduck Aug 05, 2021 07:40 AM
Hit and Run Arrest Followed by Felon in Possession of Narcotics

In the second incident--large quantity of dangerous drugs that can kill people--the driver's bail should either be in the millions or denied from the git-go and he should be in jail for at least 10 years. He will never reform. Best hope is his losing his contacts to slow his going back into his deadly business.

Rypert Johnson Aug 05, 2021 10:28 AM
Hit and Run Arrest Followed by Felon in Possession of Narcotics

The definition of brazen:

Not wearing a seatbelt. CHECK!
Did not have a valid license. CHECK!
Passenger with a warrant for her arrest. CHECK!
Driver with three active warrants for his arrest. CHECK!
Driver on active parole. CHECK!
Possession of a large quantity of illegal narcotics that totaled over 4 pounds that included large amounts of methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, suboxone, clonazepam, and oxycodone located inside the vehicle. CHECK!
Loaded 9mm handgun and a replica firearm that looks identical to an actual handgun located inside vehicle. CHECK!
Had more narcotics hidden on him. CHECK!

Further definition in legal terms:

Felon in Possession of Handgun (felony),
Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales (felony)
Transportation of a Controlled Substance (felony)
Possession of Methamphetamine for Sales (felony)
Transportation of Methamphetamine (felony)
Possession of a High Capacity Magazine (misdemeanor)
Felon in Possession of Ammunition (misdemeanor)
Use/Manufacture of a False Compartment Concealing Illegal Narcotics (misdemeanor)
Above mentioned warrants
Entering a Government Facility with Contraband (felony)
Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia (misdemeanor)
Possession of Drugs without a Prescription (misdemeanor)
Warrant.

By the way, I must add, brazen usually equates to lazy and that equates to stupid. Thank God the majority of criminals are brazen!

Rypert Johnson Aug 05, 2021 04:02 PM
Hit and Run Arrest Followed by Felon in Possession of Narcotics

With regards to the drug mule portion of the story, I had a thought during my lunch break. That is a lot of drugs. I mean four pounds? That is big. What is he doing with that amount? Why was he in Santa Barbara?
The only answer that comes to mind is that Santa barbara is where the majority of "houseless neighbor" encampments are now. Again, I an NOT talking about the average homeless folks, they usually stay away from this stuff.
These "houseless neighbor" encampments are usually occupied with the traveler, vagrant, gutter punk criminal element and they love their drugs.
I believe this unlicensed pharmacist was delivering the goods to some of the encampments occupied by the "houseless neighbors".
The reason I say this is because during the height of the "houseless neighbor" encampment in People's park in Isla Vista, the parking lot of the neighboring Embarcadero Hall became the local "sto and cop".
I used to watch from across the way, a gentleman in a silver truck would roll up into the lot and make contact with some of the "houseless neighbors" where there would be lots of handshakes. That's how they pass the currency and drugs to each other. After all the handshakes, the gentleman would leave and the "houseless neighbors" would then retire to their tents. You know the rest.
Now that the People's Park tent city and "houseless neighbors" are gone there is no more customer base in Isla Vista, that means you have to go elsewhere to sell the wares.
Look at the location where the jolly pharmacist was stopped, the 4000 block of Calle Real. That is right by the Five Points Shopping Center and behind it between the mall and 101 Freeway are many "houseless neighbor" encampments. Something tells me that is where the products were going.
Good job by the Santa Barbara Police Department. Amazing what that reluctance to put the seatbelt on yielded in terms of a bust. Got that crap off the streets and ruined some "houseless neighbors" day or night.

Rypert Johnson Aug 05, 2021 10:43 PM
Hit and Run Arrest Followed by Felon in Possession of Narcotics

BICYCLIST, you're thinking Hook, Line and Sinker, 4010 Calle Real, but just down the street about 800 to 900 feet is... yes, what I mentioned, the encampments.
But hey buddy, nice try to discredit what could possibly be the case, real nice try, I really enjoyed it. Do you need a map? I hear Google Earth has those online with distance markers even. Give it a shot some time.

bicyclist Aug 06, 2021 07:26 AM
Hit and Run Arrest Followed by Felon in Possession of Narcotics

Rypert - not an attempt at "discredit". 4010 Calle Real - Hi Time; Dodge City; Hook.. ; CD Massage... Was pointing out the Narcotics that were associated with DC, owners son?
I had used Google Maps & Google Earth Pro, both show the same. glad I provided Humor for you...

SBLetsGetAlong Aug 05, 2021 04:54 PM
Hit and Run Arrest Followed by Felon in Possession of Narcotics

Thank God the boy was ok.
Thank you SBPD, we appreciate you.

“ Mendoza was arrested and booked in the Santa Barbara County Jail for, Hit and Run with Injury (felony), Driving on a Suspended License (misdemeanor), Driving without an Alcohol Interlock Device (misdemeanor), and No Proof on Insurance (infraction). ”

This is why half my auto insurance premiums go towards uninsured & underinsured. They cost me money every month while they conduct their illegal activity.

Anyone else have an issue with this?

SBLetsGetAlong Aug 05, 2021 05:01 PM
Hit and Run Arrest Followed by Felon in Possession of Narcotics

Glad the driver is in jail. Hit & run of a child regardless who’s fault it is.
No license, no insurance. She shouldn’t have been in the road in the first place!
Impound the car & go to jail to learn a lesson.

Or is this another catch & release no consequences incident?

CoastWatch Aug 05, 2021 05:27 PM
Hit and Run Arrest Followed by Felon in Possession of Narcotics

I would HOPE the SB Sheriff's Dept would FOLLOW THROUGH with this POS in Buellton- Like RAID his home and those that live with him... Don't hold your breath- the SBCo Sheriff's are a far cry from a professional Police agency like SB Police.

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