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.



  1. justme says:

    Now they can elect Tacker or Edwards to take this clown’s seat. Who needs cable here with the “actors” we can watch everyday for nothing?
    It’s like I tell my old friends from Sothern Cal, I moved here for the cool geography, not the demography.

    (0) 6 Total Votes - 3 up - 3 down
  2. fivecitiesbeat says:

    Don’t miss the “special meeting” before tomorrows board meeting at 6 o’clock.

    (1) 7 Total Votes - 4 up - 3 down
  3. cheseburger says:

    “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.”

    Hell in this county wouldn’t that make him first pick, I worked with this clown at Vandenburg airforce base, he was not quailified and he got his job through the good old boy network, he was a jerk, always pushing, his contractor buddy finally got sued, so there went his job, that he was never quailified to do anyway, one funny thing to prove this statment, ask him how his foot is doing. He kicked a come-along while putting up concrete walls on slick 6, and the idiot broke his foot, I had requested that day off because I didn’t want to be on an incompetant crew standing twenty foot walls, with this risky car rolling alledged drunk on the job, check his cell phone records he was probably on that too. One thing just like every other higher up than we, he will not be charged, (unfortunately), with any alcohol related charges, wait an see, unless Ian himself goes after him he will go free with a no-fault accident on his insurance. AND YOU ALLSEE THIS IS TRUE, SUCKS DOESN’T IT!

    (13) 13 Total Votes - 13 up - 0 down
  4. SLOBIRD says:

    This is a losisng battle. Nothing will ever be right here for all the obvious reasons!

    (6) 12 Total Votes - 9 up - 3 down
  5. fhill123 says:

    Have some mercy on poor Searcy. Caught in 2005 with a whore, can he take anymore, and WTF, now a rollover in his truck. Man he has bad luck.

    (15) 25 Total Votes - 20 up - 5 down
    • MaryMalone says:

      There’s a limerick in this someplace.

      Too bad nothing rhymes with “Nantucket.”

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      • Spirit Filled says:

        Other than “O f..k it” Sorry MM I couldn’t resist. Probably the laced cookie I recently ate for my throbbing back pain. Pain will be gone soon. God Bless

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  6. BeenThereDoneThat says:

    It this guy thought that head wound was casing a headache, just wait till this gets going.

    (20) 26 Total Votes - 23 up - 3 down

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