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, May 21:
INCIDENT — Just after midnight, deputies on foot patrol at the Chumash Casnio parking structure encountered a man sitting in a vehicle who tried to drive away as they approached.
Deputies spotted a methamphetamine pipe on the passenger’s seat, which the man first attempted to cover with his hand, then placed under his lap as he moved forward.
He admitted using methamphetamine earlier in the day and was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and released. The pipe was confiscated and booked as evidence.
ARREST — A license plate light that was out led deputies to stop a vehicle at Edison and Sagunto streets in Santa Ynez about 2:10 a.m.
A records check of all the occupants turned up an arrest warrant for one passenger who was taken into custody and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.
Tuesday, May 23:
INCIDENT — About 40 minutes after midnight, a deputy conducting a check of the Chumash Casnio parking structure found a man sitting in the back seat of a vehicle with the rear window down.
The deputy spotted a methamphetamine pipe in the seat pocket in front of the man, and a search of the vehicle turned up another pipe containing a burned white residue that had been wrapped in a blanket the man was holding.
The man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and released.
INCIDENT — Just after 1 a.m., deputies on foot patrol at the Chumash Casino contacted the occupants of a white Acura Integra.
When the driver stated he was on probation, deputies conducted a probation search of the vehicle and found two baby bottles filled with what turned out to be codeine in the trunk of the car.
The man was issued a citation for possession of a narcotic without a prescription and released.
Wednesday, May 24:
ARREST — A deputy stopped in the left-turn lane at a red light on Mission Drive at Fifth Street about 8 p.m. saw a man in the car directly in front of him pull out of the turn lane when the light went green, but instead of turning, the man continued straight west on Mission Drive, causing through traffic to take evasive action to avoid a collision.
The deputy stopped the vehicle at Skytt Mesa Road and found the driver smelled of alcohol and had red, watery eyes. A field sobriety test indicated the man was impaired, so he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Thursday, May 25:
ARREST — After the driver of a vehicle was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol about 9:20 p.m., a deputy drove his passenger to the King Frederick Motel in Solvang.
After dropping her off, the deputy checked the back of the patrol car and on the seat found a small empty plastic baggie and on the floorboard a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.
The deputy returned to the motel and interviewed the woman, identified as Imelda Cisneros, who initially denied any knowledge of the cocaine but later allegedly admitted having it and trying to destroy it in the back of the patrol car.
She was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine and destruction of evidence and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.
ARREST — Chumash Casino security personnel asked deputies to investigate a woman they suspected of using a controlled substance about 11:20 a.m.
A deputy who arrived at the casino allegedly found the woman, identified as Alexis Flores, exhibiting symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance, and she allegedly admitted to recently using heroin.
Flores was arrested, and a search of her belongings allegedly yielded four hypodermic syringes. She was subsequently booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia.
Saturday, May 27:
ARREST — Deputies spotted a man apparently passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle in the 1100 block of Mission Drive in Solvang about 2 a.m. and attempted to rouse him.
After several minutes of yelling, shaking the vehicle and tapping on the driver-side window, the man, later identified as Oscar Rodriguez, woke up. But when ordered to open his door, Rodriguez allegedly began to drive forward.
Deputies blocked his escape with their patrol car, broke his passenger-side window and removed him from the vehicle.
Rodriguez was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting or obstructing a peace officer.