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.

Wednesday, Aug. 9:

ARREST — A woman in the 100 block of Willow Drive in Solvang called the Sheriff’s Department just after 10 a.m. to report her son was having a psychotic break, and a deputy recognized him as someone previously convicted of abusing central nervous system stimulants and resisting or obstructing a police officer.

He also was wanted on a $10,000 warrant on suspicion of committing earlier offenses in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Deputies took him into custody without incident. He was medically cleared in the emergency room at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, then booked into Santa Barbara Jail.

INCIDENT — A man who confused the gas pedal with the brake pedal in his 2004 Lexus SUV, failed to stop at the stop sign on Oak Street at Alisal Road and drove the vehicle across Alisal, over the curb, through a brick planter and a hedge and up over a 2017 Audi in the parking lot about 2:15 p.m. was identified as 92-year-old George Johnson.

Friday, Aug. 11:

INCIDENT — Three men were issued citations about 11:30 a.m. for allegedly violating the County Code requiring merchants to obtain business licenses.

About six transient merchants reportedly got into a verbal argument with an off-duty deputy at his residence, then tried to leave the area in a white Ford Transit.

Deputies stopped the vehicle Tivola and Cota streets in Solvang and found they were all from Bakersfield and staying in Lompoc while attempting to sell Kirby vacuum cleaners door-to-door.

They allegedly admitted to not having the required county sales licenses, although they had them for San Luis Obispo County, and asked to be issued a warning and told to leave the area.

But when asked if they’d been contacted previously for a similar incident, they admitted Lompoc Police Department had issued them a warming. Three who were identified by the off-duty deputy were issued citations for violating two County Code sections.

Saturday, Aug. 12:

ARREST — Deputies stopped a vehicle carrying four people for a traffic violation as it left the Maverick about 11:40 p.m.

Driver Lauren Anderson allegedly failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.217 percent on a breath analyzer.

She was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.08 percent.


Mike Hodgson is news editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News, where he writes about local government, special events and the people who live in the Valley. He has been a photographer, writer, news editor and managing editor at weekly newspapers since 1972

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