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.

Monday, June 19:

INCIDENT — A Los Angeles-area driver’s car was towed away about 11 a.m. after he parked it within the Solvang Trolley passenger loading area in the 1600 block of Copenhagen Drive.

Deputies said in order to park the vehicle there, the driver had to get out, move the “no parking” sign, posts and ropes, then get back in and pull it forward.

INCIDENT — A man was issued a citation about 5:20 p.m. after he was stopped by a deputy near Alisal Road and Maple Avenue in Solvang while driving his brother’s 2003 Cadillac CTS.

The deputy said the man had never been issued a driver’s license.

Thursday, June 22:

ARREST — After Chumash Casino employees reported an intoxicated man was walking eastward on Sanja Cota Drive in Santa Ynez, deputies located Oliver Delarosa-Hernandez walking on Highway 246 at Meadowvale Road about 9:15 a.m.

Deputies said Delarosa-Hernandez displayed obvious symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol, and he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail for booking.

Friday, June 23:

ARREST — One woman was cited, another was arrested and their vehicle was impounded after deputies stopped the 1999 Ford Explorer for having expired tags on Highway 246 near Refugio Road in Santa Ynez.

Deputies said they discovered the driver’s license had been suspended or revoked, and while conducting an inventory search of the SUV located pepper spray and drug paraphernalia.

She was cited for misdemeanor violations of the California Vehicle Code and Health & Safety Code and a complaint was filed against her for being a felon in possession of oleoresin capsicum, the active ingredient in pepper spray.

Deputies said her passenger, Shareen Winkle, initially provided them with a false name, but when she was ultimately identified they discovered multiple felony warrants for her arrest, so she was taken into custody.

The Explorer was impounded for 30 days.

Saturday, June 24:

ARREST — Two women were arrested about 12:24 a.m. after a deputy spotted them with their vehicles at Tom’s Gas on Highway 246 in Buellton.

During a records check, the deputy discovered both women — Erica Torres and Katherine Comer — warrants issued for their arrest in Ventura County. Torres was also allegedly in possession of a used methamphetamine pipe.

One of the vehicles was parked blocking a “pay to operate” air and water station, the deputy said, so it was impounded.

INCIDENT — Two people were cited for drug violations about 2:26 a.m. after they were contacted by deputies while sitting in their vehicles in the parking structure at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez.

Deputies said the woman was found to be in possession of several hypodermic syringes, while the man was in possession of a methamphetamine pipe and a syringe loaded with a mixture of heroin and methamphetamine.

The two were issued citations and released at the scene.


News Editor

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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