Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

At approximately 12:30 a.m. this morning, February 11, 2018, Sheriff’s Detectives with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Bureau (S.I.B) assigned to patrol the Montecito disaster area observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and failing to stop at stop signs in the area of Coast Village Road. Detectives caught up to the vehicle and initiated an enforcement stop. The vehicle failed to yield and entered the US 101 Southbound continuing to drive recklessly. Detectives initiated a vehicle pursuit in an attempt to apprehend the driver. The vehicle eventually exited into the Summerland area and failed to negotiate a right turn while exiting the freeway. The vehicle crashed onto the Union Pacific train tracks which caused the passenger’s side front axle to shear off and the vehicle to become disabled.

The driver, 40-year-old Rebecca Amaya of Camarillo failed to comply with verbal commands. Amaya was eventually negotiated away from her vehicle and taken into custody without further incident.

A records check revealed Amaya’s driver’s license was suspended and she is on DUI probation out of Ventura County with a no alcohol clause. Amaya was arrested for the violations of 23152(a) VC- Felony driving under the influence, 2800.2(a) VC-Felony evading a peace officer 14601.2(a) VC- Driving on a suspended license.

Amaya was booked at Santa Barbara County Jail with a bail set at $100,000.

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Flicka Feb 13, 2018 10:01 AM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

Apparently a DUI, first time, comes to about $10,000. I know people who wouldn't think of taking the chance of the cost, if not possible accidents, and make plans ahead of drinking; plan on using a cab, get a sober friend to drive, walk. Before mothers got sick of their children being killed by drunk drivers and got current laws in order, often cops said drunks in accidents "Fell asleep at the wheel." Or, they would tell the drunks to drive straight home. Time was, deputies were told if they stopped a Montecito resident to just let them go (1940s); A friend of Mom's at the Sheriffs Dept told her that one.

oceandrew Feb 13, 2018 10:32 AM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

That $10,000 cost has been bandied about for over 30 years. It's amazing that it's the one thing inflation has not affected. Because it's a myth. Direct, out of pocket costs of lawyer fees, fines, impound costs, program costs to get license re-instated are more like $3500. The rest are imaginary costs based on insurance rates going up, loss of work, value of community service, greater effort to get around and the general "inconvenience" of having a restricted license. BUT WHAT IF cops were allowed to patrol outside bars and other watering holes and were allowed to pull people over for suspicion of driving under the influence because they just came from a bar? THAT would deter people from drinking too much ... not the imaginary $10K it might cost if they got busted.

Roger Feb 13, 2018 10:28 AM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

I know of acouple people got off paying around 2,200.00 one of those had to pay cash on damage to their own vehicle after crashing because insurance would not cover it that was another 5,000.00.

LocalsOnly Feb 13, 2018 03:36 AM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

Look, I have plenty of ill will for people who drive drunk - my best friend was killed in a DUI crash 3 years ago - but I also believe we shouldn't be implementing more severe sentences every year. Harsh punishment is not a great deterrent for drunk people - they aren't thinking about consequences, they are thinking how they "won't get caught this time." As a society, we need to get out of the mindset that harsher criminal sentences is the answer to every problem. We need to be focusing on education, diversion, and safe alternatives. Just think if we diverted the ridiculous amounts of money dedicated to wasteful DUI checkpoints, incarceration, and ineffective programs towards a service like AAA's Tipsy Tow. Hell, create a government subsidized tow truck service that operates like Uber and I would bet that the DUI rate would drop dramatically at no more cost to taxpayers than our current ineffective system. DUI is still one of the leading causes of death in this country, we waste huge amounts of money on a system that has outlived its effectiveness, and encourage our broken system of mass incarceration - why can't we consider alternatives? I am talking real alternatives, not expanding the bulls*** programs we currently force DUI offenders to go through.

a-1534357302 Feb 13, 2018 10:18 AM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

Maybe they should set up the DUI checkpoints outside of bars... go to the source where people are drinking and getting home in their vehicles. A lot more drunks would be busted this way at a minimal cost to taxpayers. Instead we force our law enforcement to work magically to intercept drunks driving that often means waiting until they hit someone/something or give chase when a cop does "light them up".

Roger Feb 13, 2018 07:41 AM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

I remember that one well about 1980 or so the poop hit the fan and education came into the picture of drunk driving with the CHP who made a big deal about it with the National council of Alcoholism, Mothers against Drunk Driving and all of them went on for along time Grants have been passed on all around ever since....More education and all that baloney will only cost the tax payers more money and the Drunks, and DUI Drivers will get Teddy Bears, more understanding and tears from the bad childhoods their lawyers will present in court people will continue to feel sorry for the offenders not the offended...I'm sorry about your friend I was a drunk/DUI driver as a kid and I was horrible I injured people if I did not have my own car I used someone else's had many crashes they were not accidents they were crashes high speed chases I was a real jerk...That said what worked for me was real punishment being put to work the only education I received was being told what was going to happen if I didn't stop police officers told me that...I was in Scared Straight as a kid in Indiana at Terre Haute prison that might have helped too...We had our Education with the grants and the wrist slapping but that was years ago and drunks don't care now...Kids could be given a choice go to prison or join the service That worked in the Day 60's and 70's.. Older Folks to old to join the service they could have a choice too time in prison, jail or Community Service in the coroners office. Just an idea from a guy who was a Drunk and DUI Driver

a-1534357302 Feb 12, 2018 12:39 PM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

Imagine if we put as much effort into preventing other types of crime as we do for DUIs. Checkpoints, PR campaigns, demonstrations and staged car wrecks at high schools, cops wandering around bars "warning" people about the dangers of DUI... What if we spent even a fraction of this time/money/effort on things like, I don't know.... GUN crimes???

sea dog Feb 12, 2018 08:14 AM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

Hopefully this will be less of a problem in the future as ALL drunk drivers will get a ignition interlock device next year. The fine for driving w/o an interlock device (borrowed car) is very high ($7000+)

LocalsOnly Feb 13, 2018 03:37 AM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

No, that just won't work. It is insane to think that a hammered person is worrying about a fine when they are getting into their car.

a-1534357302 Feb 12, 2018 04:43 PM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

Yeah, until the DUI can't afford the cost of the IID and uses his/her spouse's car, family member's car, friend's car or roomie's car. We're dealing with drunks here, not moderately "rational" folks with "normal" responses to consequences. Drunks don't care about consequences because of the magical, short-cut thinking brought on by the drink.

Luvaduck Feb 12, 2018 07:46 AM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

In one of the Nordic countries, they take away the car as well as the license. I don't know how that works if the car isn't the driver's, and I think I'd give a young DUI "one bite" as they do for dogs, but otherwise, it's attempted "great bodily harm" or attempted "homicide" when you look at the high incidence of drunks seriously injuring or killing someone, and I'd include that in the sentence.

420722 Feb 11, 2018 03:16 PM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

Our current system makes it too easy for DUI drivers to pay the fines and get back on the road. This is getting ridiculous!!

LocalsOnly Feb 13, 2018 03:39 AM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

You really have no idea how much it sucks to get a DUI, do you? Our collective mindset that making DUI punishments harsher will somehow further reduce DUIs is quite ridiculous.

a-1534357302 Feb 12, 2018 01:00 PM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

But, isn't DUI a "victimless crime" unless you hit another person or vehicle? So, we let all the drug dealers free to make room for ALL DUIs or just DUIs with injury?

a-1534357302 Feb 12, 2018 12:56 PM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

"We can't imprison every DUI driver for "ten years" unless we start building more jails/prisons. " The prisons are filled with people who committed victimless "crimes". Let them all go, and put DUIs in their place.

therealbebe Feb 12, 2018 12:23 PM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

Not sure why the down votes - this is an honest question. The current penalties of fines and suspension obviously don't deter repeat drunk drivers. Maybe start applying "reckless endangerment" charges to ALL DUI's, not just the ones involving kids in the car - and increase the minimum jail times for 1st, 2nd and 3rd offense. I'm pretty sure that even a couple of days in jail might be a sobering experience.

a-1534357302 Feb 12, 2018 12:00 PM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

Lock them up where? We can't imprison every DUI driver for "ten years" unless we start building more jails/prisons. Do we really need that? I mean, if they kill/injure someone, then ok, jail time. But repeat DUIs should be fined HEAVILY and put on house arrest or something else. We can't just keep "locking up" everyone who breaks the law.

a-1534357302 Feb 12, 2018 11:11 AM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

MM1970 - Agreed. But if this person was just cited, kept over night to sober up and released, it seems likely she wouldn't show up for court. On the other hand, jails shouldn't be used to babysit low-level criminals just because they might not show up to court.

Roger Feb 11, 2018 06:21 PM
Woman Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

When someone uses a gun during a crime they get solid time maybe 5 years in the joint will make them feel differently about DUI/Drinking and driving.

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