Oceano board member suspected of drunk driving rollover
May 21, 2012
Oceano Community Services District Board Member Richard Searcy is suspected of driving under the influence and causing an accident on Thursday night that shut down a portion of northbound U.S. Highway 101 for more than an hour.
Searcy, 59, was driving his Ford F-250 northbound near Spyglass Drive in Pismo Beach at about 8:30 p.m. when he drifted into the center median, over corrected to the right, and rolled his vehicle twice before coming to a stop on the highway.
Emergency personnel transported Searcy to Sierra Vista Regional Health Center with head trauma. He was released on Friday.
Board members voted to appoint Searcy to the board in 2011 following the resignations of Jim Hill and Carol Henson.
District board President Matthew Guerrero said he does not know if or how Searcy’s alleged DUI will impact his ability to serve the district.
“We are going to have to wait and see what he does, he may resign, or we will have to wait until the investigation is done,” Guerrero said. “Our main concern is for Rick as a person, and his physical, emotional, and mental well-being. We wish him a speedy and full recovery.”
Searcy was first elected to the board in the early 1980s. He lost his seat in 2004 after a four-year term, and then had an embarrassing run in with the law in 2005.
At the time, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, and Pismo Beach police departments were conducting a sting after receiving information that females posing as exotic dancers were performing acts of prostitution.
Police arrested Searcy and seven others during the two-day sting.