A man is being held in Santa Barbara County Jail on six charges, including kidnapping and assault, stemming from a domestic dispute with his girlfriend Sunday evening.
Brandon Howe, a visitor to the area, has been charged with kidnapping, imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon and domestic battery. I.V. Foot Patrol Deputy Marty Rose said Howe is also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license, and is being held on $100,000 bail.
Rose said IVFP officers arrested Howe after responding to reports of a domestic disturbance at 6721 El Colegio Rd., which was between the subject and his girlfriend. When they arrived at the scene at 6:53 p.m. Howe had allegedly already forced his girlfriend into his car and driven away, Rose said.
Rose said Howe’s vehicle was called in to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and was stopped by a CHP officer, who called IVFP deputies to the scene. The deputies arrested Howe and questioned him, his girlfriend and other witnesses in the area.
According to witness reports, Howe allegedly hit his girlfriend several times earlier that day and assaulted witnesses who tried to stop him, Rose said. Howe then allegedly ordered the woman to get into his vehicle.
When his girlfriend tried to sit in the driver’s seat, because Howe was allegedly intoxicated, he pushed her into the passenger seat, Rose said. When she attempted to exit the vehicle, Howe allegedly grabbed her and hit her again, Rose said Howe then proceeded to drive away, at approximately 30 miles per hour, while his girlfriend’s body hung halfway out of the vehicle.
Rose said witnesses also reported seeing Howe drive down El Colegio Road, attempting to hit bystanders and vehicles in the process. The IVFP investigation into the incident is ongoing.