Intoxicated woman flees accident with toddler on lap

June 5, 2013
Adriana Cardenas

Adriana Cardenas

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.


Spirit Filled

One time year’s ago I witnessed a woman on the 405 freeway out of control with her car spinning around and around til she came to a safe stop in the middle of the freeway. No accident, nobody hurt. She was holding a young child above her head the whole way. I stopped beside the freeway to see if I could help her in any way. She told me she was fine and drove off. I could see her shaking from fear and shock when she left. I followed her a little while to make sure she was okay.

God obviously protects children and fools.



Drug and alcohol abuse is destroying the fabric of this country.


I agree this is very sad for the little girl, but then again, This is a True Blessing for her! Thank God she was taken away before any serious injury happened. Just like Maria’s kids (the meth transporter) were saved that day! Very relieved the child is finally in safe hands.


This is a really sad story for the little girl.


Mother of the Year award!

Spirit Filled

San Luis will probably hire her to be a driving instructor. But only if she gets drunk and drives through the jail or city hall.