The following is taken from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department commander's recap for the Santa Ynez Valley patrol. Those appearing as "arrested" have only been arrested on suspicion of the crime indicated and are presumed innocent.

Sunday, June 4:

INCIDENT — Deputies located a man sleeping in his vehicle in the Chumash Casino parking structure shortly before 9 p.m. and were conducting a probation search of both when a friend of the man walked up and said they’d driven there together earlier in the evening.

The vehicle search turned up two small bags of suspected methamphetamine and a used glass meth pipe, which the man’s friend said were his. He was issued a citation for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

INCIDENT — About 11:30 p.m., deputies stopped a vehicle for not having an illuminated license plate on Highway 246 near Meadowlark Road in Santa Ynez, and a records check revealed the driver’s license had been suspended.

The man was issued a citation for driving with a suspended license and not having an illuminated rear license plate and deputies gave him a ride home after having his vehicle towed from the scene.

Monday, June 5:

ARREST — When a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation about 2 p.m. on Highway 154 at Armour Ranch Road, deputies discovered a $50,000 arrest warrant had been issued in Riverside for one of the passengers, Leanne Rios, and she was subsequently taken into custody.

Another passenger was cited for possession of more than 28.5 grams of marijuana. The driver was found to be unlicensed, so the car was impounded.

Thursday, June 8:

ARREST — Deputies received a report of a driver possibly under the influence of alcohol heading eastbound on Highway 246 toward Solvang about 6:40 p.m. and stopped the vehicle on Mission Drive near Alisal Road.

The driver was found to have a suspended license and was issued a citation.

After a convoluted conversation with the passenger about his name, tattoos and mail, deputies discovered his real name was Drake Petersen and he was allegedly lying about it because he was wanted on a probationer-at-large warrant.

He was arrested, but while he was being transported to jail, he suffered a grand mal seizure that lasted about eight minutes.

Deputies called for an AMR ambulance, which transported Petersen to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he was examined and cleared for booking into Santa Barbara County Jail.


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