Runnin’ Down Isla Vista
Saturday Jan. 20, 12:05 a.m. – Two officers traveling northbound on Camino del Sur contacted a 21-year-old man walking through the intersection of Pasado Road, as he was carrying a red plastic cup in his hand.
A deputy stopped the man to check the cup, which contained vodka and orange juice, and cited him for an open container violation.
The officer attempted to seat the man on the curb as he wrote the ticket, but the subject violently pulled away, spinning out of the deputy’s grasp.
Then, the man started to flee the scene, ignoring calls from the deputies to stop, and started a foot chase through I.V.
An officer took after the subject, chiding the man by saying, “Stop, Police! I’m right behind you and I’m still chewing my gum” – another way of telling the subject that he could not outrun the I.V. Foot Patrol.
The speedy subject continued running down the street and passed two California Highway Patrol officers, to whom the ensuing officer yelled, “Get that guy!”
The man continued ducking in and out of hiding spots, scrambling down the street to Fortuna Road, where he ran into a backyard.
Unfortunately for the man, he was trapped in the yard, which was enclosed by a fence. The deputies caught up to him, pepper sprayed him and placed him on the ground, effectively ending his flight.
Before transport to IVFP station, the man told officers, “I’m from Hawaii. I was scared.”
The deputy reminded the slammed sprinter that high-speed chases are illegal in all 50 states, and arrested him for resisting, delaying and obstructing a police officer.
The man was transported to the Santa Barbara County Jail, where he was housed, pending sobriety.
Ready, Willing and Able… To Go To Jail
Saturday, Jan. 20, 12:27 a.m. – Officers in a marked patrol unit were driving southbound on Embarcadero del Mar when they observed an 18-year-old woman stagger south on to the sidewalk, supported by another woman.
The deputies shined a light on the women and ordered them to stop and approach the vehicle.
The woman, who had wet her pants, reeked of alcohol and was clearly intoxicated. However, during questioning, she told the officer that she had had nothing to drink that night.
After failing to walk in a straight line – falling to the ground twice – the deputy asked the woman to rethink the answer to his last question, and the woman admitted to drinking, “Only, like, a vodka.”
The deputy decided that the woman was too intoxicated to care for her safety and the safety of her friends, and arrested her for public intoxication.
At the IVFP station, officers began questioning the woman, asking, “So you’re really 18?” The subject paused, then said “OK. I’m really 17.”
She then gave officers her date of birth, Nov. 28, 1988, making her 18 years old. Then the woman told officers, “OK, I’m really 17.”
The confusing culprit then overheard a deputy repeating the information she had given him, and yelled at him, “No, I told you I was 18.”
The witless woman then gave the officer a fake name. He advised the subject that if she did not reveal her true identity that night, she would stay in jail until she did.
The woman responded, “I’m obviously really drunk right now. I don’t care if I stay in jail.”
That being the case, the woman was arrested for public intoxication and transported to the Santa Barbara County Jail, where she was housed, pending sobriety.