Intoxicated woman flees accident with toddler on lap
June 5, 2013
Santa Barbara police arrested a 34-year-old woman on Monday for allegedly driving while intoxicated with her three year old daughter on her lap.
Witnesses told police Adriana Cardenas was attempting to make a U-turn on Cabrillo Boulevard in her Audi A4 when she struck a parked car. She fled the scene and parked a few blocks away. A witnesses tried to get her to return to the scene of the accident.
Cardenas refused and instead drove away with her daughter on her lap and struck a Honda CRV parked on Por La Mar Drive. After crashing into the CRV, Cardenas got out of her vehicle and placed her daughter in a child car seat. Another witness tried to get Cardenas to wait for police to arrive.
Instead, Cardenas got back into her car and drove westbound on Niños Drive where she was discovered shortly before 2 p.m. passed out behind the wheel with her daughter on her lap.
Paramedics transported Cardenas and her daughter who was complaining of a headache to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Testing revealed Cardenas was under the influence of a combination of prescription medications, including narcotics.
Officers arrested Cardenas and booked her into the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of felony child endangerment, misdemeanor DUI, and misdemeanor hit-and-run. Santa Barbara County Child Welfare Services took custody of her daughter.