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Santa Barbara police arrest 49 in March DUI roundup

By C.J. Ward, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Anchor, cj.ward@keyt.com
Published On: Apr 15 2013 02:25:46 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 12 2013 12:44:25 PM CDT

Officers get help from other alert drivers

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

The Santa Barbara Police Department released its final DUI totals for March. Officers arrested 49 people for driving under the influence. Some of those arrested were turned in by other alert drivers who called 911.

The first arrest of the month happened on March 1 at 5:53 p.m.  A 30-year-old  man was involved in an injury hit-and-run accident on the 1100 block of State Street. The alleged DUI driver, Justin Alexander Holiday, hit a car and a person riding a bike in the bike lane and left the scene. He was arrested later at his home. Police said his blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.

Santa Barbara police want to thank everyone who calls 911 whenever they see a suspected impaired driver.

Here are a few of the arrests they made in March:

3/1/13 at 5:53 p.m.: Justin Alexander Holiday (age 30) was involved in an
injury hit-and-run traffic collision on the 1100 block of State Street.
Witnesses reported that Holiday made an unsafe turning movement that caused
his vehicle to collide with another car.  Holiday's vehicle then collided
with a bicyclist who was riding in the bicycle lane.  Holiday's vehicle came
to rest lodged partially up on the sidewalk.  Following the collision
Holiday and his passenger got out of their vehicle and pushed it off of the
sidewalk.  Holiday and his passenger then got back into the car, which
prompted a female witness to step in front of the vehicle to block Holiday's
escape.  Holiday accelerated his vehicle towards the witness twice, causing
her to jump out of the way in fear and to avoid being hit.  Holiday fled the
scene however was found at his residence minutes later and taken into
custody.  Numerous witnesses reported the incident and provided video of it
to the police.  Holiday displayed significant symptoms of intoxication.  He
refused to cooperate with the investigation and was ultimately placed under
arrest.  Holiday chose to provide two breath samples which registered his
BAC at .18 and .17.  Holiday's passenger stated that they had been consuming
beer throughout the day and were aware they had collided with both a vehicle
and a bicyclist prior to fleeing the scene.  He acknowledged that leaving
the scene had been "a bad call."  Holiday was booked into County Jail for
the felonies of DUI causing injury, hit-and-run causing injury, intimidating
or threatening a witness, and the misdemeanor of being an unlicensed driver
with a bail amount of $100,000.00.

3/4/13 at 3:44 a.m.: Cristian Ryan Quintero (age 28) was observed by Officer
DeBlauw driving through an apartment complex parking lot, toward the street,
on 500 W. Los Olivos Street while holding an open bottle of beer.  Officer
DeBlauw contacted Quintero and saw that he displayed symptoms of alcohol
intoxication.  Officer Rosenberg responded and conducted a DUI
investigation, during which Quintero stated that he had consumed two or
three beers prior to driving.  Officer Rosenberg determined that Quintero
was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle and placed him under
arrest for DUI.  Quintero chose to provide two breath samples which
registered his BAC at .18 and .17.  Quintero was issued a citation for DUI
and admitted into the Sobering Center.

3/7/13 at 3:35 a.m.: Clifford John Taylor (age 52) was involved in a traffic
collision when he reversed into a patrol car after he had been stopped by
Officer Morton on 2700 State Street for an inoperative brake light.  Officer
Morton noticed that Taylor was displaying symptoms of alcohol intoxication
and requested assistance with a DUI investigation.  Officer Burgard arrived
and conducted a DUI investigation on Taylor.  Taylor stated that he had
consumed three glasses of red wine prior to driving.  Officer Burgard
determined that Taylor was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle
and placed him under arrest for DUI.  Taylor chose to provide two breath
samples which registered his BAC at .18 and .18.  Taylor was issued a
citation for DUI admitted into the Sobering Center.

3/7/13 at 9:23 p.m.: Mark Ronald Johnson (age 48) collided with a parked car
on 1200 Coast Village Road.  Officer Clark was nearby on an unrelated
investigation when she heard the sound of the collision.  Officer Clark
contacted Johnson who was in his vehicle in the roadway.  Johnson initially
stated he had not consumed any alcohol, however was exhibiting signs of
alcohol intoxication.   Officer Ortega arrived to conduct a DUI
investigation and Johnson stated to her that he had consumed two drinks at
Lucky's Restaurant prior to driving.  Officer Ortega determined that Johnson
was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle and placed him under
arrest for DUI.  Johnson chose to submit to a blood test which registered
his BAC at .21.  Johnson was issued a citation for DUI admitted into the
Sobering Center.

3/9/13 at 11:50 p.m.: Walter Lawrence Stetter (age 42) was involved in a
single vehicle traffic collision into a fence near the intersection of
Tallant Road and Las Positas Road.  Officer Corral arrived on scene and
found Stetter in the driver seat of his vehicle which had major front axle
damage.  It appeared as though Stetter was attempting to back the vehicle
up.  Officer Corral contacted Stetter and noticed an odor of alcohol about
him.  He asked Stetter if he had consumed any alcohol and Stetter stated
that he had three beers approximately two hours prior.  Officer Corral
conducted a DUI investigation and subsequently placed Stetter under arrest
for DUI.  He chose to submit to a breath test and provided two samples that
registered his BAC at .15 and .15.  He also requested a blood test which
also registered his BAC at .15.  Stetter was issued a citation for DUI and
admitted into the Sobering Center.

3/15/13 at 11:25 p.m.: Lasaro Humberto Coreas (age 26) was driving on the
wrong side of the road in the area of Milpas Street and Haley Street.  A
citizen called 9-1-1 to report a possible drunk driver who was now stopped
at Jack-in-the-Box on Milpas Street.  Officer Rosenberg responded and
contacted Coreas who was identified by the reporting citizen as the possible
drunk driver.  Officer Rosenberg noticed that Coreas smelled strongly of
alcohol and was displaying signs of intoxication.  Coreas stated that he had
consumed two or three beers approximately three hours prior.  Officer
Rosenberg conducted a DUI investigation and determined that Coreas was too
intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle.  Coreas was placed under
arrest for DUI and initially chose to submit to a breath test.  Coreas was
unable to provide sufficient breath samples and was therefore required to
submit to a blood test which registered his BAC at .25.  Coreas was booked
into County Jail for DUI.

3/16/13 at 9:07 p.m.: Cynthia Flores (age 19) was involved in a traffic
collision when she drove into a parked vehicle on the 300 block of E.
Pedregosa Street.  Officer Keller arrived and observed Flores in a heated
argument with several other people near the collision scene.  A witness
stated that they heard the collision and had come out to investigate.  The
witness observed Flores get in and out of her vehicle several times,
removing bottles from the car and putting them on the ground.  Flores
pleaded with all the witnesses not to call the police.  Officer Tonello
later found several bottles, some empty and others partially full, of
alcohol outside Flores's vehicle.  Officer Keller discovered that Flores
only possessed a driving learner's permit and was unlicensed at the time of
the collision.  Flores stated that prior to the collision she had left a
baby shower at Kids World at Alameda Park and was going to pick up her
cousin who was watching her infant child (the cousin was standing nearby the
collision scene with two infants).  Flores stated that she had consumed one
"Mad Dog" alcoholic drink in her vehicle prior to driving.  Officer Keller
conducted a DUI investigation and saw that Flores displayed significant
signs of impairment.  Officer Keller arrested Flores for DUI and she chose
to submit to a breath test.  She provided two breath samples which
registered her BAC at .18 and .17.  Flores was issued a citation for DUI and
unlicensed driver and released to the care of her family.  Her vehicle was
towed per SBPD policy.

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