Santa Barbara Police Vehicle Struck by DUI Driver

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

On April 15, 2022, around 6:30 pm, an on-duty Santa Barbara Police Officer was sitting in their marked police vehicle completing a report from a previous call for service in the 200 block of West Alamar Avenue. The Officer’s vehicle was parked along the curb when it was rear-ended and sideswiped on the driver side by another vehicle traveling south on West Alamar Avenue.

The police vehicle was moderately damaged, and the Officer was injured and unable to exit the police vehicle due to the damage. Multiple Officers arrived on scene to assist the Officer and the other involved driver. Upon further investigation, it was determined the driver of the vehicle that collided with the police car was under the influence and was placed under arrest.

The driver was identified as 40-year-old Jeremy Joe Patterson, a Santa Barbara resident. Patterson did not sustain injuries in this collision, and he was booked in the Santa Barbara County Jail for Felony DUI Causing Injury, Misdemeanor Driving on a Suspended License, and Misdemeanor Driving a Vehicle without Interlock Device. Patterson is currently on probation for DUI. His bail was set at $100,000.

The Officer is expected to make a full recovery and eventually return to duty. 

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smary Apr 19, 2022 06:56 PM
Santa Barbara Police Vehicle Struck by DUI Driver

that would be seriously over the top drunk to plow into a parked police car. Wonder how that translates to a breathalizer reading. Hope he's off the streets for a long time. Ridic.

a-1650475193 Apr 20, 2022 10:19 AM
Santa Barbara Police Vehicle Struck by DUI Driver

Wouldn't be that crazy. Addiction is something people struggle with for their entire life, it doesn't go away upon becoming sober. Lucky he didn't kill anyone.

a-1650592042 Apr 21, 2022 06:47 PM
Santa Barbara Police Vehicle Struck by DUI Driver

Again, this was not alcohol or drug related... As far as being relevant to ArriveAlive-SB.org is a little beside the point. I think what we should take from this is that prescription medications prescribed by the hospital should now be taken lightly. I think Mr. Patterson made an honest mistake getting behind the wheel after receiving medications several hours after the fact of this accident.

Nature Boy Apr 19, 2022 11:00 PM
Santa Barbara Police Vehicle Struck by DUI Driver

“ the Officer was injured and unable to exit the police vehicle due to the damage.”
Can i call BS without seeming anti-police? Looking at the photo, i assume that the officer couldn’t have suffered incapacitating injuries and they were maybe looking for some worker’s comp? Of course i may be wrong, just sayin.

a-1650475400 Apr 20, 2022 10:23 AM
Santa Barbara Police Vehicle Struck by DUI Driver

Have you ever been in a car accident you didn't (or even did!) anticipate? Likely has whiplash as they weren't expecting to be crashed into. If their neck was bent a certain way, that can easily slip a disc or worse. Charges can always be downgraded at a later date should it be determined there's no lasting injury

SBStoner Apr 20, 2022 02:19 PM
Santa Barbara Police Vehicle Struck by DUI Driver

I’ll call BS on you. I mean I have some gripes with the PD but that’s low dude. You ever been hit by an airbag or as some others mentioned, in any car crash where you got whipped around?

a-1650592355 Apr 21, 2022 06:52 PM
Santa Barbara Police Vehicle Struck by DUI Driver

As a whitness and someone who was there, Mr. Patterson immediately jumped out of the car as and asked the officer if he was ok. The officer replied, "Yeah, I'm fine, you hit the car behind me." He then proceeded to exit his cruiser from the passenger side and did his job. He breathalyzed Mr. Patterson and it came back 0.000. Mr. Patterson was not under the influence of alcohol and made a mistake when it came to operating a motor vehicle several hours after leave his stay at Cottage Hostpital.

a-1650592552 Apr 21, 2022 06:55 PM
Santa Barbara Police Vehicle Struck by DUI Driver

The officer exited his vehicle from the passenger side because Mr. Patterson's vehicle landed next to his. He didn't hit the cruiser, he hit the car behind the cruiser. The officer still got out of the car and did his job. He breathalyzed Mr. Patterson and it was 0.000. It was more of a medical emergency on Mr. Patterson's behalf. I think they left that part out. I was there the whole time.

doulie Apr 20, 2022 07:25 AM
Santa Barbara Police Vehicle Struck by DUI Driver

Nature Boy - Your comment is"BS" and I'll guess you are someone always looking for something to malign police. (You) should take another look at the photo. Extensive damage is seen on the suspect vehicle, total damage to the police vehicle (can't) be seen. I'll guess the drivers door of the police car was damaged when hit from the rear/side just enough to keep it from being opened and prevented the officer from getting out? Where did you read about "incapacitating injuries?" You assume & write too much about injuries/work comp relative to the officer with no facts or evidence.

a-1650475489 Apr 20, 2022 10:24 AM
Santa Barbara Police Vehicle Struck by DUI Driver

Yes, I think there's a point to be made that the charge does not require "incapacitating injuries". An injury can be as little as a papercut. The rest will be hashed out in court.

edney Apr 21, 2022 07:43 PM
Santa Barbara Police Vehicle Struck by DUI Driver

"Misdemeanor Driving a Vehicle without Interlock Device."
So there was a prior DUI
Blowing a 0.0000 doesn't mean you are not under the influence and this is a reminder that medications are your responsibilty. You don't get a pass because it is prescribed or given at a hospital. They give you paperwork telling you not to drive.

When I pick up prescriptions at the pharmacy and drive home I put them behind the seat.
I got pulled over for hitting a solid white line, the CHP guy saw the pharmacy bag and made me do all the tests. I told him to count the pills, they were all there and he said he didn't have to.

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