June 21, 2011 1:31 AM
Santa Maria has the most hit and run crashes in state per capita. We've found out some startling numbers about the rate of hit and run crashes in Santa Maria. If you're involved in a crash in the city, there's a 50-50 chance that it'll be a hit and run.... more »
February 22, 2011 9:17 PM
A lawsuit in Santa Barbara County is questioning the legality of DUI checkpoints. A Superior Court judge in Santa Barbara could decide to change the way police departments perform DUI checkpoints. A court date is set for Wednesday.
Santa Barbara Defense Attorney Darryl Genis says officers aren't following standard... more »
September 13, 2010 3:29 PM
A judge is expected to decide the fate of a Santa Maria man accused of killing one passenger and seriously injuring another late New Year's Day. Cody Stutts, 21, pled no contest last month to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the death of Damian Coles, 21, and... more »
August 30, 2010 8:27 PM
Local law enforcement is continuing to crackdown on drunk drivers leading up to the busy holiday weekend.
Tuesday night, police will conduct a DUI and drivers license checkpoint from 6:00 in the evening until midnight in the City of Lompoc.
Additional officers are conducting DUI checkpoints and beefing... more »
June 28, 2010 2:02 PM
The Santa Maria Police Department conducted a DUI and Drivers License Checkpoint over the weekend. It took place on the 200 block of South Broadway Sunday evening.
As a result, two drivers were arrested for DUI, 21 drivers were cited for driving while unlicensed and one driver was cited... more »
May 26, 2010 11:55 AM
Memorial Day travelers will be seeing an increased California Highway Patrol presence on the roadways.
The CHP reminds all drivers to drive safely and buckle up this holiday weekend. This weekend is what the agency calls a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP), meaning every available officer will be out on... more »
May 24, 2010 4:10 PM
Lompoc Police Officers say they arrested six people during a weekend DUI checkpoint.
That checkpoint was held on Saturday, May 22nd on the 1000 blk. of E. Ocean Ave. Two people were arrested for driving without a license and four were arrested for driving on a suspended license. Fourteen... more »
May 20, 2010 8:13 AM
A Nipomo resident is facing DUI charges after he lost control of his truck and flipped it over.
The accident happened just before 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night on Southbound Highway 101 just south of Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo. Officers say 53-year-old Craig Stahl was apparently speeding when... more »
May 2, 2010 8:35 PM
T hree people are behind bars after a DUI and driver's license checkpoint in Santa Maria overnight.
Officers set up the checkpoint in the 600 block of Blosser Road between 6p.m. Saturday and 1a.m. Sunday.
Three people were arrested, two for outstanding warrants and one for DUI. Nine people... more »
April 20, 2010 1:53 PM
A suspected drunk driver is in jail after crashing his car in Goleta Monday night. Sheriff's deputies say they were called to the Fairview Shopping Center at about 5:45p.m. Monday, on report of a suspected DUI driver leaving the parking lot. A deputy in the area saw that suspect drive... more »
April 7, 2010 2:37 AM
Santa Barbara police say a woman is in the hospital, after being hit by a car while she was crossing the street.
It happened just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of De La Vina and Pueblo Street in Santa Barbara.
Officers say the driver of the car... more »
April 2, 2010 5:28 PM
The Santa Maria Police Department will hold a DUI and driver's license checkpoint on Saturday, April 3.
The checkpoint will take place from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on a street in Santa Maria that police have identified as having a large number of DUI drivers.
Every driver... more »
March 29, 2010 1:37 PM
Santa Maria police officers cite 12 drivers during a DUI checkpoint Sunday.
Officers say 556 vehicles passed through the checkpoint located on the 600 blk. of W. Main St. between 6:00p.m. and 10:00p.m. Ten drivers were cited for driving without a license and two drivers were cited for driving... more »
March 29, 2010 9:35 AM
A juvenile leads police on a chase after officers say they tried to pull the driver over during a traffic stop.
It happened early Monday morning on Cook and Oakley in Santa Maria. After an almost ten mile pursuit, the driver stopped in an alleyway, and was taken into... more »
March 29, 2010 7:53 AM
Two Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies are sent to the hospital, after they say a man they were trying to arrest, put up a fight.
Forty-year-old, Michael John Rea, was pulled over by deputies Saturday afternoon in Los Olivos on suspicion of DUI. They say Rea fought with them,... more »
March 16, 2010 9:38 AM
A Santa Maria man is arrested after police say he hit a teenage pedestrian while driving drunk.
It happened on Broadway and Preisker in Santa Maria Monday evening. Police say 53-year-old Raul Galarza was approaching Preisker, when he swerved off the roadway and hit the 17-year-old. They say he... more »
March 15, 2010 9:16 AM
Police arrest a Santa Maria man after they say he hit a home and two other cars while driving drunk.
It happened in the 200 block of West Agnes Avenue in Santa Maria early Monday morning. The driver, 27-year-old Gustavo Campos Valencia, took off from the scene but was... more »
March 5, 2010 12:22 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Sacramento County district attorney says Republican state Sen. Roy Ashburn's blood-alcohol level was .14 percent when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving near the Capitol.
The California Highway Patrol says the Bakersfield lawmaker was arrested early Wednesday after he was spotted driving... more »
February 26, 2010 11:07 PM
A Santa Barbara man pleads guilty to a hit and run crash that killed a woman almost two years ago.
Prosecutors say Gregory Doan, 58, drove his Chevy van up an embankment and hit Carolyn Samuels, 66, back in August 2008.
Samuels was running with 18 other people, as... more »
February 26, 2010 9:39 AM
A man is arrested in Santa Maria after police say he led them on a short pursuit while driving drunk.
Early Friday morning, police tried to make a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Marsala Avenue. They say the driver, 19-year-old Arturo Leon, failed to stop. The pursuit... more »
February 22, 2010 8:09 AM
A man is taken to the hospital after he is hit by a car while crossing a street.
It happened on the 1500 block of North Blosser Road in Santa Maria Sunday night. Police say 36-year-old Raymundo Reyes was driving his truck and did not see the man walking... more »
February 21, 2010 5:11 PM
The Santa Barbara Police Department held two DUI checkpoints last night, as part of a constant effort to keep roadways safe.
Officers set up the checkpoints on East Canon Perdido and Garden streets.
Only one person was arrested for DUI out of more than 300 vehicles screened. Officers say... more »
February 18, 2010 3:51 PM
The Santa Maria Police Department will be holding a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint tomorrow, Feb. 19, from 6:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. Drivers will be detained momentarily while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint. Each driver stopped will be checked.
The checkpoint will be placed on... more »
January 27, 2010 6:57 PM
The Lompoc Police Department is holding two DUI checkpoints this week in an effort to crackdown on drunk drivers. The checkpoints will take place in Lompoc on Saturday, January 30 and Monday, February 1.
Police will be stopping vehicles between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. at an undisclosed location... more »
January 10, 2010 11:46 PM
The man accused of driving his motorcycle drunk and killing his passenger is scheduled to appear in front of a jury Monday. George Willard, 39, of Tehachapi was arraigned for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated back in June of last year. Investigators say Willard was speeding and driving drunk in Morro... more »
January 8, 2010 6:46 PM
The man accused of driving drunk and causing a deadly accident will not be arraigned until February. Cody Stutts, 21, appeared in a Santa Maria courtroom for arraignment Friday morning, but the judge continued his arraignment until next month.
Stutts faces several felony counts, including gross vehicular manslaughter, in... more »
January 7, 2010 3:02 PM
San Luis Obispo Police say that one man was trapped between two cars after a chain reaction involving a suspected drunk driver.
Gabriel Payne, 39, of San Luis Obispo, was driving his red Toyota 4-Runner southbound on Augusta, when he ran into a parked car Thursday morning. That car... more »
January 6, 2010 4:57 PM
The man who is accused of causing a car accident that killed 21-year-old Damian Coles on New Year's Day has been formally charged in a Santa Maria courtroom.
On Tuesday, 21-year-old Cody Stutts was charged with felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, gross vehicular manslaughter, and driving... more »
January 4, 2010 6:06 PM
Judy Schiller is still coping with the death of her son, Darren, who was killed fiver years ago in a car crash in Santa Maria. She's says it's deja vu and she didn't believe the news when she heard 21-year-old Damian Coles was killed while riding with a drunk driver... more »
January 4, 2010 1:13 PM
Santa Barbara county fire officials say the DUI accident happened just before 11:20 Friday night near the intersection of Blosser and Clark in Orcutt.
21 year-old Damian Coles died Friday night after being taken to the hospital.
Just five years ago, Coles was involved in another fatal crash... more »
January 2, 2010 11:46 PM
At least 22 people were arrested for DUI on New Year's Eve in Santa Barbara County, according to a spokesperson.
The arrests are part of the county's 'Avoid the 12' campaign. Since the crackdown began on Dec. 17, officers have arrested 187 people on suspicion of driving while impaired.
... more »
December 30, 2009 8:51 PM
The California Highway Patrol is working to keep the roads safe from drunk drivers in Santa Barbara County on New Year's Day. Officers will be conducting a DUI checkpoint in an unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County from 8:00pm Friday to 2:00 am Saturday. Motorists will only be stopped for... more »
December 26, 2009 3:20 PM
Law enforcement officers say at least 11 people have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the 'Avoid the 14' DUI crackdown campaign.
Officers say that number could climb, as not all the agencies involved in the campaign have reported their final number of arrests... more »
December 25, 2009 11:45 AM
On Saturday, December 26, California Highway Patrol will be holding a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location. The checkpoint will run from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m..
Tomorrow, the location of the checkpoint will be released sometime after 2:00 p.m..
Officers say these checkpoints reduce the number of drinking... more »
December 23, 2009 1:37 PM
The Santa Barbara Police Department is working to keep the roads safe from drunk drivers. It's joining law enforcement from across the state as part of California's 18 Day Holiday DUI Crackdown Campaign.
Officers will hold a DUI checkpoint in Santa Barbara on Sunday, December 27th, from 6 p.m.... more »
December 19, 2009 2:46 PM
Four people are arrested after a DUI and driver's license checkpoint in Santa Maria on Friday.
The checkpoint was held over a span of seven hours on South Broadway in Santa Maria, and more than 2,000 vehicles passed through it, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.
Of the... more »
December 13, 2009 4:19 PM
A DUI and drivers license checkpoint landed three people in jail Saturday night.
The Santa Maria Police Department held a DUI and drivers license checkpoint in the 600 block of West Main Street between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Police say 112 vehicles were screened. Of... more »
November 18, 2009 10:11 AM
A Santa Barbara woman is arrested after investigators say she drove on the wrong side of highway 101 while drunk Tuesday night.
The California Highway Patrol says at about 11:25p.m. Tuesday, they received a report of a person driving north on the southbound side of highway 101 near N.... more »
November 16, 2009 5:33 PM
Six people were arrested for driving under the influence during DUI checkpoints conducted by the Santa Barbara Police Department last Friday and Sunday. Fifteen drivers were charged with driving without a valid driver's license or with a suspended license.
On Friday, the checkpoints were set up on State Street... more »