Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

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Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision
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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
3:45 p.m. September 16, 2019
 

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office employee was involved in a serious injury collision on SR – 154 near Lake Cachuma on Saturday evening, September 14, 2019.

The Buellton office of the California Highway Patrol responded to the accident.  Javier Antunez, an off-duty Custody lieutenant assigned to the Main Jail, was driving one of the vehicles involved in the collision and was placed under arrest for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and causing injury.

Antunez has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since 1999.  He has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.


Update by edhat staff
10:00 p.m. September 14, 2019

Three vehicles collided on Highway 154 Saturday evening causing seven people to be injured.

At 7:15 p.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to the scene approximately 3/4 of a mile east of the Lake Cachuma entrance. Crews discovered three vehicles involved in a head-on collision.

Public Information Officer Mike Eliason reports a BMW traveling eastbound on Highway 154 two occupants, a male and female, drifted into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a Toyota Tacoma driving westbound with four occupants. Another vehicle that was behind the accident, a Jeep with one female occupant, struck both vehicles.

There was a total of 7 patients, one with critical injuries. A CalStar helicopter landed on Highway 154 and flew the critical patient to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital while three ambulances transported three more patients with moderate injuries to the same hospital. There were three other patients that suffered minor injuries who declined transport to the hospital and were treated at the scene, said Eliason. 

Highway 154 was shut down in both directions for a time during the medical response and investigation.


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
7:32 p.m., September 14, 2019

Highway 154 3/4ths a mile East of Lake Cachuma.

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goodlandadvocate Sep 18, 2019 12:10 PM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

Your decision to drink alcohol is Your decision to toxify yourself is Your decision to be irresponsible is Your decision to become impaired is Your decision to risk losing your life is Your decision to gamble with others' lives is       ultimately your decision to LOSE BIG

goodlandadvocate Sep 18, 2019 11:46 AM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

Your decision to drink alcohol is Your decision to toxify yourself is Your decision to be irresponsible is Your decision to become impaired is Your decision to risk losing your life is Your decision to gamble with others' lives is Your decision to drink alcohol is ultimately your decision to LOSE BIG

Coolio Sep 18, 2019 07:42 AM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

Lot's of people from every walk of life get behind the wheel after drinking not sure to label someone a POS for it is really that appropriate. I'm personally paranoid after even one drink and will not drive for at least one hour. But I'm sure there are those who get behind the wheel right after a drink are two or three and have this false sense of confidence in driving ability. A very foolish and in some cases deadly choice and eventually they learn the hard way.

a-1571478368 Sep 17, 2019 01:19 PM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

All this anti-cop sentiment is ridiculous, and all the hate is over the top. You obviously don't know Javier or his family. I've known them all since they were in diapers. Javier is a quality human being and his parents are the sweetest people on the planet. Javier made a bad mistake. You can bet he will be dealt with harshly. But for one commenter to call him a POS is totally inaccurate. He obviously doesn't know him. Bad things do happen to good people, and it can happen to anyone. Remember that next time you're sitting in the jury box....

a-1571478368 Sep 19, 2019 04:04 AM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

Drunk drivers are not "quality human beings" Causing an accident while driving intoxicated is NOT a matter of "bad things do happen to good people". That describes the four occupants of the car this person ran into head-on.

letmego Sep 18, 2019 12:13 PM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

I would say "bad things happen to good people" is inaccurate. "Good people do stupid things" maybe more accurate. The thing about knowingly driving drunk...a lot of people aren't doing it knowingly. Because they are impaired and don't realize they are impaired (aka, they are being stupid)

a-1571478368 Sep 17, 2019 09:15 PM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

Where is all the anti cop sentiment you refer to? I see none here. So what, just b/c people are rightfully outraged and disgusted - especially considering he IS a cop - that means it's anti cop? That's like people who call others without justification "racist". I don't care if he was a good person. Drunk driving doesn't just "happen" to someone and it doesn't just happen to "anyone" - you make a choice to do it. And it's a selfish choice because most times, the drunk lives while others needlessly die.

CoastWatch Sep 17, 2019 06:58 PM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

I was the person who called him a POS. HE, no one else made his decision to drive drunk, on 154 of all highways and endanger lives. I happen to be a staunch supporter of LEO's . I hold them (as they do too), to a higher level of standards- It's not a "job", if you are in Public Safety, it's a way of living your life. Who knows how many other times he did this or other "bad behavior" that would tarnish the Profession... I am sure his family are nice people, HE FAILED and should face SEVERE consequences for putting a black eye on LEO's in general.

xpander Sep 17, 2019 03:45 PM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

Bad things do in fact happen to good people, and that would be the case if this person didn't decide, on his own, to get behind the wheel of a vehicle, when they knew they shouldn't, drunk, causing some serious injuries. I am all for LEO, but there is really no defending this bad decision to drive while drunk - no matter how good a person he may be.

oops Sep 17, 2019 12:38 PM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

2 identical crashes in the same place on consecutive days. that section of 154, CalTrans ought to put divots or bumps between the two lanes that indicate that you are crossing over. Hopefully that will alert the driver and perhaps avoid some of these terrible accidents.

tagdes Sep 17, 2019 01:24 PM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

Oops, that's a very good idea which is already being used. They're called rumble strips and you can see and hear them on lots of new paving jobs. One here is HWY 101 through Goleta. They weren't using Bott's dots or RPMs (Raised Pavement Markers ) because they get ruined during snow removal or rock debris removal. Now grinding and putting RPMs in divots for the same reason. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a maintenance program doing this. And we call them wake ups as they're for drowsy drivers. They won't stop stupid...which this Lt. definitely was.

ChillinGrillin Sep 17, 2019 10:43 AM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

Do the Sheriffs and Probation Dept. think they are above the law? Do they think they can self-righteously ruin the businesses, families, and lives of wrongdoers but then get loaded after they clock out? Absolutely not. The SBSO needs more accountability and these fools need to lose their jobs and have the book thrown at them.

TheMole Sep 16, 2019 10:43 PM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

For the record, Javier Antunez’s passenger, Esther K. Trejo, is a Supervising Probation Officer for the Probation Department. Why she got in the car with a drunk fellow law enforcement officer is beyond me... and she supervises employees/and or probationers? Stupidity at its finest. What are you gonna do about this JOYCE DUDLEY?! Or better yet, what is the Probation department going to do about this? Sweep it under the rug along with the 1/2 pound of cannabis that went missing from their evidence room? Public Records Act people, the information is there... you just gotta ask for it. Corruption left and right.

Factotum Sep 17, 2019 08:33 AM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

How much does this county official passenger cost tax payers each year, who allegedly allowed a drunk driver and fellow officer to continue driving on public roads? Esther Trejo Takembaiyee DEP PROBATION OFFICER SUP (2018) TOTAL: $172, 137 --- Regular pay: $98,944.00 Overtime pay: $0.00 Other pay: $2,218.59 Total pay: $101,162.59 Benefits: $70,975.18 Total pay & benefits: $172,137.77 (Source: Transparent California)

TheMole Sep 17, 2019 06:24 PM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

I think his passenger should lose her job with the Probation Department as well. I mean, it was her car after all that he crashed so she handed a fellow law enforcement officer her keys while they were both intoxicated? They cost taxpayers so much and everyone feels sorry for them. Why?! They brought this upon themselves!

a-1571478368 Sep 16, 2019 05:19 PM
Sheriff's Lieutenant Arrested for DUI in Highway 154 Collision

We live right by Cottage and can watch the air ambulance come in from our living room window. This happens WAY too often and I swear at least 50% of the time it's coming in (which is usually at least once a day), I go to EdHat to find that it's ANOTHER crash on the 154. This is seriously insane. I refuse to even drive it anymore - the risk is too high. A death or seriously bodily injury every day seems way too much to risk it. I'm a good driver, but it seems others are too drunk or distracted or road raged out to care about others' lives. I am sickened!!!

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