The UC Santa Barbara police lieutenant charged with driving under the influence and hit-and-run in August 2022 was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of probation on Feb. 7. He remains on administrative leave, where he was put on after his arrest, UCSB Media Relations Manager Kiki Reyes confirmed to the Nexus. 

The original accident occurred on Aug. 7 on State Route 246 in Solvang.A UCPD police car deployed near HSSB, May 29. As many usual university operations came to a halt, police vehicles were more often spotted on campus. Daily Nexus File Photo

Reyes could not offer any further information as to whether the lieutenant, Bradley Prows, would return to the police force following his release from jail.

Prows, who previously led UCPD’s detectives bureau, took a plea deal on Jan. 26, pleading no contest to driving under the influence with a .08 blood alcohol content or higher. He was originally arrested and charged in August with three misdemeanors: hit-and-run, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a .08 blood alcohol content or higher, the Santa Barbara Independent reported

The original accident occurred on Aug. 7 on State Route 246 in Solvang. Prows attempted to pass the vehicle in front of him, which slowed to a stop in a parking stall, and he collided with its left side, according to a press release from the Buellton California Highway Patrol (CHP). He then drove a mile before being pulled over and placed under arrest, the press release said. 

Rana Sibani of La Mesa drove the car Prows hit and reported the collision to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office after Prows neglected to stop, according to the press release. Upon arrival, authorities arrested Prows and requested that CHP conduct the investigation. Prows is required to pay Sibani restitution for the damages on her vehicle, according to the court verdict. 

A version of this article appeared on p. 3 of the Feb. 23, 2023, print edition of the Daily Nexus.


Holly Rusch
Holly Rusch (she/her) is the Lead News Editor for the 2022-23 school year. Previously, Rusch was the University News Editor and co-Lead News Editor for the 2020-21 school year. She can be reached at or