May 20

Chase ends in collision

A Santa Maria man was arrested after a vehicle pursuit that ended when he crashed into a car in front of Santa Maria High School. At 2:28 p.m., a deputy on patrol near the entrance of Waller Park saw a Toyota Tacoma that was reported stolen that morning from the YMCA parking lot on Skyway Drive. The deputy attempted to stop the man, 31, who sped away north on Highway 135. Other units joined in the chase that took them north on the highway until the crash. No other vehicles or individuals were involved. The man reportedly left the pickup and ran from the scene, but was caught about 50 yards away. The man faces charges of felony evasion, vehicle theft and possession of stolen property. He was taken to the area hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was later booked into county jail.


May 24

Shots lead to arrest

A 52-year-old Cuyama man was arrested after reports of shots fired led to a brief standoff. At 5:33 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the 4000 block of Cebrian Avenue after a witness called 911 to report a man in his home yelling and firing a gun from inside the residence. When the man refused to leave the home, more sheriff’s personnel arrived, including the Special Enforcement Team, a K-9 unit, and a sheriff’s helicopter. At one point, a woman came out unharmed. Shortly after, the man was found behind the residence, where he was arrested without incident. The man was booked into county jail on suspicion of making felony terrorist threats, misdemeanor being under the influence of a controlled substance and misdemeanor discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner. No one was injured.


May 27

Two pints too many

At 9:48 p.m. a deputy driving east on Highway 246 in Solvang spotted a car driving west with only one functional headlight. He stopped the car at Mission Drive and 5th Street and spoke to the driver, a 27-year-old female from Solvang, and immediately smelled marijuana. While the woman gathered her vehicle paperwork, her passenger informed the deputy that the marijuana belonged to him and provided his medical marijuana card. The deputy asked the woman to step out of her car and smelled alcohol from her breath. She told him she and some friends had dinner at 8 p.m. at a local restaurant, where she had two pints of beer with her dinner. They then attended a concert at the Solvang Festival Theater and left at 9:30 p.m. The woman failed two roadside sobriety tests. She registered a .083 BAC. She was taken to the Solvang Sheriff’s substation, where she was cited for DUI and was released to the passenger’s father.


Party’s over

Deputies responded to a report of a house party involving underage drinking in Santa Ynez. The neighbor told deputies the party had been a problem for three to four days. When deputies arrived, they heard loud music coming from the residence and saw several people run out a back door. They also smelled marijuana and saw beer cans on a table. They knocked on the door and heard someone yell, “The cops are here!” They finally contacted the owner, who admitted the nine people inside were underage and drinking. He said his parents were out of town. He was cited for disturbing the peace.


May 28

Outstanding job

At 2:35 p.m. a deputy saw a car heading eastbound on Highway 246 illegally pass another vehicle in Santa Ynez. The car passed a second vehicle by crossing the double-yellow line near the Mission Drive and Edison Street intersection before the deputy stopped the vehicle. The driver, 55, of Santa Ynez, handed the deputy a Nevada driver’s license. The registration and insurance card the man provided were named under an auto center in Lompoc. A DMV computer check revealed the man’s license was valid but that he had two outstanding arrest warrants from Ventura and Los Angeles counties for DUI-related arrests. The car’s owner approached the deputy during the stop and said she was the owner of the vehicle and the man was returning her car from a service shop. The deputy told her he would speak with her further after he spoke with the driver. The driver said he had recently started dating the woman, who stayed at his apartment for the weekend. The deputy searched him and confirmed that he had a work order and a receipt for the auto service, but he arrested the man for the warrants. He then took the man to the Solvang substation, where he learned from dispatch that the man has had five license suspensions and two license restrictions since 2006 and that his license was currently suspended. The man was booked into county jail.


Double trouble

A man with a drinking problem landed in jail for the second time in two months. At 8:48 p.m., deputies responded to the Chumash Casino on a report of an intoxicated subject who had been detained by casino security personnel. When deputies questioned the man, 41, of Santa Barbara, he couldn’t answer basic questions, such as what day it was or what time he arrived at the casino. The deputy asked him what he was doing there. The man said, “I’m sitting here not wanting to deal with you.” The man eventually dropped his smart-aleck attitude and admitted he had been “unruly” and had too much to drink that evening. Deputies noted that the man smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech and had watery and droopy eyes. Security personnel told deputies they saw the man walking aimlessly and urinating in the parking structure. A record check showed the man had been arrested in April for public intoxication. He was booked into Lompoc City Jail.


May 31

Simply smashing

A couple’s vehicle was burglarized after they went for a four-hour hike. At 5:30 p.m. a deputy contacted the couple, both of Gaviota, near the entrance of Las Cruces Trailhead where they started hiking at 12:30 p.m. and returned to find the vehicle’s rear passenger-side window smashed with a rock. The woman’s purse, which contained her credit cards, $20, and her driver’s license, was missing, along with a guitar. The woman called her bank to cancel her card but discovered that it had been used to buy gas in Buellton. Deputies later reviewed the gas station’s surveillance video and only determined the suspect’s vehicle, a late-model silver sedan.


June 1

School vandalism

At 8:15 a.m., deputies responded to a school in the 1600 block of Mission Drive on a report of burglary. Upon arrival, deputies spoke to a special needs teacher, who directed them to her office. She stated that when she arrived at 8 a.m., she discovered her office ransacked. A bookshelf and a computer were upended, papers were strewn on the floor, and a desk chair was slashed. Further inspection revealed that the bathroom key had been stolen. She told deputies the office may not have been locked because she let a student who was waiting for her parents use the office after closing time. She told deputies the area has attracted juveniles who drink and smoke in the nearby courtyard during evening hours.