Memorial Weekend Arrests in Santa Barbara

Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

Double Hit and Run Collision – Suspect Arrested for DUI

May 30, 2021 – 6:45pm
State Street and Pueblo Street 

  • Officers responded to a report of a hit and run collision with injuries
  • Victim was driving south on State Street when he was rear-ended by a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed
  • Victim and victim’s passenger sustained minor injuries during the collision
  • Suspect vehicle fled south on State Street leaving the scene
  • Victim obtained the suspect vehicles license plate
  • Several hours later, the suspect vehicle was involved in another hit and run collision near South Salinas Street and Ensenada Street
  • Suspect fled on foot after the second collision.
  • Suspect was located by Officers
  • Suspect was believed to be DUI and was arrested after field sobriety evaluations
  • Suspect identified a 52-year-old Santa Barbara resident
  • Arrested and booked in Santa Barbara County Jail
  • Charges: 20001 VC – Hit and Run with Injury (felony), 20002 VC Hit and Run (misdemeanor), 23152 VC – DUI (misdemeanor), and 11350 H&S – Possession of Narcotics (misdemeanor)
  • Bail $50,000


DUI Traffic Collision Downtown

May 30, 2021 – 8:34pm
Anacapa Street and East Cota Street
  • Officers responded to a report of a non-injury traffic collision
  • Officers believed the driver causing the collision was DUI
  • Field sobriety evaluations were administered
  • The driver, a 37-year-old Santa Barbara resident was arrested on scene for DUI
  • Suspect was booked in Santa Barbara County Jail
  • Charges: 23152 VC – DUI (misdemeanor) and 12500 VC – No Driver’s License
  • Bail: $5,000


Battery Causing Injury Downtown

May 30, 2021 – 9:45pm 
700 State Street
  • Officers quickly responded to fight in progress call between two subjects
  • Investigation revealed the victim was punched in face several times
  • The victim fell to the ground and the suspect then kicked the victim in the face causing intentional injury
  • Victim was transported to Cottage Hospital for medical treatment
  • An independent witness provided officers with an account of the incident
  • Suspect was located and identified as, Juan Manuel Lopez, a 35-year-old transient
  • Lopez was arrested and booked in Santa Barbara County Jail
  • Charges: 245 PC – Battery Likely to Cause Great Bodily Injury (felony)
  • Bail: $30,000


DUI Driver Collides with Boulder

May 30, 2021 – 11:15pm
500 block of Alameda Padre Serra 
  • Officers responded to a possible injury collision involving a vehicle that collided into stone wall
  • Investigation determined the vehicle had collided with a large boulder
  • The driver appeared to be under the influence of alcohol when contacted by police
  • Field sobriety evaluations were administered to the driver
  • The driver, a 24-year-old Santa Barbara resident was arrested on scene for DUI
  • Suspect was issued a citation for DUI and released to a family member
  • Charges: 23152 VC – DUI (misdemeanor)


Multiple Felony Vandalisms & Assault with a Deadly Weapon

May 31, 2021 – Multiple times
300 block of W. Montecito Street (5:50 am), 400 N. Milpas Street (4:00 pm), and 1900 State Street (11:10 pm) (multiple locations)
  • Officers responded to several calls throughout the day of a subject vandalizing multiple convenient stores throughout the city
  • It was believed the same suspect committed all the vandalisms based on evidence, video surveillance, and witness statements
  • The suspect was identified as, Brian Burrell, a 36-year-old Santa Barbara resident
  • At 300 W. Montecito Street, Burrell had thrown a large rock through a window of a local store then fled on foot
  • At 400 N. Milpas Street, Burnell started throwing items at the glass windows of the store and made criminal threats towards the clerk then fled the area.
  • At 1900 State Street, Burrell had thrown a large coffee dispenser at the store clerk containing very hot coffee.
  • Burrell was located by Officers several blocks away from 1900 State Street and placed under arrest.
  • Burrell was booked in the Santa Barbara County Jail
  • Charges: 3 counts of 594 VC – Vandalism (felony), 245 PC – Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and 422 PC – Criminal Threats (felony)
  • Bail: $50,000


Prowler & Trespasser Arrested

June 1, 2021 – 2:15am
200 block of Calle Esperanza
  • Homeowners contacted 9-1-1 when they heard loud banging and then glass shattering while sleeping
  • The homeowner armed himself with a firearm and noticed a dark figure walking inside his home
  • Multiple Officers arrived at the call for service with lights and sirens activated
  • Officers evacuated the home and located the suspect inside
  • The investigation revealed the suspect, Eivar Arroyo, a 46-year-old transient, had broken a glass sliding door to unlawfully enter the home
  • Arroyo was arrested without incident
  • During the arrest, Arroyo was making nonsensical statements appearing to be suffering from a mental health illness
  • Arroyo was booked in Santa Barbara County Jail
  • Charges: 594 PC – Vandalism (felony) and 602.5 PC – Aggravated Trespass (misdemeanor)
  • Bail: $20,000


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