Third-Time DUI Suspect Critically Injures 91-Year-Old Man in Crosswalk
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
On Tuesday evening, January 23rd, 2018 at 7:34 P.M., Nicholas B. Hart, a 26-year-old Goleta resident, was traveling southbound on State Street at a high rate of speed when his vehicle struck and severely injured a male pedestrian.
The 91-year-old elderly victim was attempting to cross the street in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of State Street and Micheltorena Street.
Hart, driving a 2003 Honda Civic with a suspended license, was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and also believed to be influenced by prescription drugs. His blood alcohol content was approximately three times above the legal limit. Hart also had in his possession an open bottle of alcohol and marijuana.
Hart’s license had been suspended because of two prior DUI convictions. This is his third DUI arrest in just under 3 years.
The elderly victim is a Casa Dorinda resident that was displaced during the mudslides. He was transported to Cottage Hospital for treatment. The 91-year-old is listed in “critical condition” with life-threatening injuries.
Because of the seriousness of his crime, Nicholas Hart is being held on $1M bail at the Santa Barbara County Jail. The charges include felony DUI drugs with injury (23153(g)CVC), felony DUI alcohol with injury (23153(b)CVC) and driving on a suspended license for prior DUI’s (14601.2CVC).
Additional charges may be applied. The investigation remains on-going.