DUI Collision Seriously Injuries Two on Castillo Street

By the Santa Barbara Police Department

On September 9, 2022, around 1:30am, the Santa Barbara Police Combined Communications Center received a report of a serious injury traffic collision involving a single vehicle. Initial investigation shows a Ford sedan was traveling at a high rate of speed while exiting the 101 southbound freeway off-ramp at Castillo Street. The driver of the vehicle was attempting to turn left onto northbound Castillo Street and collided with a large retaining wall.

The driver of the vehicle is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. The driver and the front passenger sustained minor injuries, and a rear seat passenger sustained serious injuries and was transported to cottage hospital for treatment where they remain.

The Critical Accident Response Team responded to the scene to handle the investigation.

The driver was arrested on scene and identified as Ray Timothy Oberholzer, a 25-year-old Santa Barbara resident. He was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for felony DUI causing injury. Bail is set at $100,000.

This is an active investigation, and no other information is available currently.

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  1. SBCOUNTYLOCAL is correct about holding business accountable. In Alcohol Beverage Control training you’re taught to look for signs of intoxication when serving alcohol. If you serve more alcohol to someone who is obviously drunk it can result in the bar/restaurant/club having their liquor license suspended. Additionally, if an inebriated patron leaves and causes an accident other vehicles or injured parties involved could potentially file criminal charges against the establishment or server. With that said, I’m a firm believer in personal responsibility. If you’ve had too much call a taxi, Uber, lyft, sober friend or family member to pick you up instead of driving. The passengers should have done the same. This was preventable!

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