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Dec 6, 2013 2:47 PM by Caroline Lowe, KSBY News

Man arrested in hit and run is an aide to Lois Capps

An aide to Congresswoman Lois Capps is in jail following a hit and run crash in Santa Barbara that left a woman in critical condition.

It happened just after midnight on Friday in the 500 block of Anacapa Street.

Santa Barbara police say the driver, Raymond Morua, 32, struck the 27-year old woman, but kept going. Witnesses say he stopped briefly to look back at the scene, but drove off.

Police say he then drove into a dead-end on Anacapa, where witnesses who followed him tried to get him to return to the scene. Police say Morua took off again, then slammed his car into a palm tree at the corner of State Street and Cabrillo Boulevard, where police caught up with him.

Police say a breath test conducted at the scene found Morua had a BAC of 0.17, more than twice the legal limit to drive a car.

Police say Morua told officers he had been at a party downtown, where he'd had some gin and tonics.

He is being held on $100,000 bail, and faces several charges, including felony drunk driving and hit and run.

Santa Barbara Police Sgt. Riley Harwood said police will ask that the bail be increased to $250,000.

Morua works as a constituent liaison for Capps in her Santa Barbara office.

Capps released the following statement on Friday: "I am truly heartbroken at the news of this tragic event. My heart goes out to the victim and her family and friends in this trying time, and my prayers are with them. It would be inappropriate for me to comment further on this legal matter and I have complete trust in our local authorities."

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