Archive » December 24, 2008
By SYVJ Staff
Way past its expiration date
A deputy pulled over a truck on Mission Drive for not having a working light on her rear license plate. Upon speaking to the driver, the deputy learned she also had an expired driver’s license. The Lompoc woman also told him she had failed the written portion of the DMV test several times. A records check showed the woman’s license expired in 1993. She was cited for the light and her 15-year-old expired license.
It’s a cryin’ shame
Several deputies and a sergeant responded to a report of a crying woman on Laurel Avenue in Solvang. The Solvang woman was reportedly sobbing uncontrollably and pounding on the door of a condo. She said she was dropped off at the condo to visit a friend only to discover no one was home. She appeared very drunk and said she lived several blocks away and had no way to get home other than walking in the pouring rain. Deputies arrested her for public intoxication and took her to the Santa Barbara County Jail pending her sobriety.
An end to naughty texting
A Solvang woman contacted a deputy about some unwanted video and picture messages she had been receiving. She said for the last two weeks she had been getting pictures and videos of nude people engaging in sexual acts from an unknown number. The deputy contacted the Los Olivos man with the number who told him he had mistakenly saved her number into his phone as his friend’s number. He said he would delete her number and not contact her again.
Creepy open window
Deputies responded to some suspicious circumstances on Aarhus Drive in Solvang. The condo resident said he had discovered a screen removed from his window with a chair propped up beneath. There was, however, no sign of a break-in. He was concerned because he had small children living in the condo. The deputies did not find any other evidence.
Going the wrong way
A Santa Ynez man was stopped on First Street in Solvang for driving on the wrong side of the road. The deputy also noticed he had been parked on the wrong side of the road prior to driving there. The man told the deputy he was an unlicensed driver with no insurance. He was cited and the vehicle towed.
Unprovoked groin assault
At the end of automotive class at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, a boy and a girl were talking and watching some other students play fighting. Then another student came up behind the boy and punched him so hard in the groin, the first boy started crying. The puncher then reportedly laughed at the boy for crying. The girl student said the attack was unprovoked, and she thought the puncher was really trying to hurt the boy. The perpetrator was cited for battery on school grounds.
Trench coat twosome
A woman on Willow Drive in Solvang reported two men dressed in trench coats were trying to break into her residence. The first man was reportedly found kneeling on the sidewalk outside the house. The Santa Ynez man stood up, but showed his hands only after being commanded to do so multiple times. He was so drunk, he had difficulty providing his information, even telling a sergeant two different birthplace locations. The second man, from Lompoc, was found on the front porch without shoes. Both men were arrested for public intoxication and taken to the Lompoc jail. They also were later charged with vandalism.
iWant my iPod back
A ninth grader at the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School reported that her iPod had been stolen during gym class on Nov. 21. She said she left her black iPod Nano on the gym floor in the morning, but when she came back in the afternoon, it was gone. She could not think of any suspects who could have taken it. A petty theft report was taken.
Flattery gets nowhere
While following another deputy transporting a prisoner to the Lompoc Police Station, a deputy noticed a truck in the next lane going very slow.
The truck kept drifting out of its lane and started speeding when the other deputy tried to pass it. The truck was pulled over on the 1500 block of Highway 246. When contacted, the Lompoc woman driving the truck interrupted the deputy and kept telling him, “I was following the car,” meaning the deputy who tried to pass her.
She seemed confused and fumbled about her truck, unable to find her license or insurance. During a field sobriety test, “walk and turn,” the woman kept starting too soon and kept “making a musical hum” while she walked. She failed other tests as well, even interrupting the deputy to tell him he was “cute.” The woman said she was not drunk, she had diabetes and hadn’t taken her depression medication. She later blew a .21/.20 BAC during a breathalyzer test. The Lompoc woman was taken to the Lompoc jail and charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.