A Knight in Shining Uniform
Saturday, Sept. 16, 11:15 p.m. – Deputies patrolling the 6600 block of Del Playa Drive observed an 18-year-old man staggering west down the street.
The man had difficulty maintaining balance, and at one point he fell onto the passenger side of a parked vehicle.
An officer followed the man to catch up with him. The subject almost fell to ground several times before the officer had reached him, and people walking near him had to move out of the way to avoid being bumped.
The deputy approached the man and grabbed his arm. The subject looked at the officer with his big bloodshot, watery eyes and pleaded to the officer, “Take care of me.”
The officer easily determined that the man was drunk, and arrested him for public intoxication. The man was transported to the Santa Barbara County Jail, where he was booked, pending sobriety.
Kicking and Screaming… and Crying
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2:03 a.m. – Officers were alerted to a belligerent 21-year-old man when a cab driver dropped him off at the Isla Vista Foot Patrol station after he refused pay a $100 cab fee.
While the deputy was talking to the driver, the subject stood to the side, yelling that he refused to pay the fare.
The officer contacted the subject, who smelled like booze and had vomit on his shirt and pants. The subject was oblivious to the officer, and continued yelling at the driver.
The officer attempted to question the man and asked him where he lived. In a moment of astounding maturity, the man responded, “I’m not telling you,” and started walking away from the cab.
The deputy decided the man was too intoxicated to care for his safety or the safety of others, and arrested him for public intoxication. When the officer questioned the subject to prepare him for booking, the man was uncooperative and initially refused to answer questions.
The subject then began crying, and said he just wanted to go home.
While returning the man to his mommy may have been just what the subject needed, the officer decided he should take a short time out – in jail.
As he was transported to the holding cell, the man began kicking the back seat of the vehicle and said, “I didn’t drive! I was just trying to get a free ride…”
The man was placed in a solitary safety cell in the Santa Barbara County Jail, pending sobriety.
Just Chillax, Mr. Officer
Sunday, Sept. 24, 1:45 a.m. – Officers were dispatched to the 6500 block of El Colegio Road after receiving reports that a belligerent man was hitting apartment windows and trying to fight people.
When deputies arrived at the scene, several people in the courtyard of the apartment complex pointed to the 20-year-old man who was disturbing the neighbors.
A few drinks were not the only thing the man had pounded that night, as the officer observed him beating on someone’s front door.
The officer restrained the man and escorted him away from the apartment. While doing so, the officer noticed the man’s balance was unsteady and he reeked of alcohol.
The deputy informed the man he was under arrest, and the subject told the officer, “It’s cool, homie.”
The man was arrested for public intoxication, and he was transported to the Santa Barbara County Jail, where he was booked, pending sobriety.
Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
Saturday, Sept. 30, 1:04 a.m. – Deputies patrolling the 6600 block of Del Playa Drive saw two 17-year-old women stagger westbound down the street.
One woman was making it down the street by bouncing off every three or four cars as the other subject was practically carried by a doting gentleman.
An officer contacted the trashed trio and placed the car hopper on the curb for her safety. He began questioning the seemingly caring couple, but to everyone’s surprise – including the drunken duo’s – the pair did not know each other.
The officer sent the man away, and attempted to find out where the girls were planning to stay for the night. Both of the subjects said they could not remember who their friends in I.V. were or where they lived.
The officer decided the women were both too intoxicated to care for their safety or the safety of others and placed them under arrest for public intoxication. Upon hearing the charge, one of the women corrected the officer, saying she was not drunk – she had only smoked marijuana.
Since getting stoned and staying out after curfew are still illegal in California, the officer transported both women to the Santa Barbara County Jail, where they were booked, pending sobriety.