DUI Driver Stopped by Neighbors After Attempting to Flee

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Source: Santa Maria Police Department

DUI driver causes traffic collision and attempts to flee the scene, only to be stopped by neighborhood residents.

On February 6, 2018, at about 0139 hours, SMPD Officers responded to the area of Fesler Street and Mary Drive to a report of an intoxicated driver that collided into a parked vehicle. After the collision, the driver got out of his damaged vehicle and tried to run away; however, he was confronted by residents and physically restrained until Officers arrived.

Upon arrival, SMPD Officers were able to detain the driver, identified as Carlos Pena Sanchez, a 27 year old Santa Maria resident. A subsequent investigation revealed that Sanchez was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol when he collided into a parked vehicle.

Sanchez was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail with bail set at $5000.00.

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