Santa Maria police make array of weekend arrests

November 24, 2014

Santa Maria policeSanta Maria police took to the streets over the weekend to search for suspects ranging from DUI offenders who failed to appear in court to residents with gang associations. [KSBY]

Officers arrested a total of 11 suspects during multiple searches Saturday. During the first sweep, they sought high-risk DUI offenders who skipped court or violated probation, and during a second, they conducted probation checks and served gang-related search warrants.

Police only arrested one offender during the DUI suspect search. Bartolome Flores, 34, allegedly used a false name when officers arrested him last year for driving under the influence. Flores was also supposed to register as a sex offender in 2009, according to Santa Maria police.

Officers made a combined 10 arrests during 15 probation compliance checks and three gang-related searches. Suspects caught in the sweep received charges including possession of drugs, possession of weapons, unlawful gang association and violation of probation.