KCOY anchor arrested for DUI, assault
September 7, 2015
Veteran KCOY news anchor Paula Lopez was arrested Sunday evening for driving under the influence and assaulting an officer after she allegedly drove the wrong way on U.S. Highway 101.
At about 8 p.m., the California Highway Patrol received reports that a silver Toyota Prius was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 101 near El Capitan Road. Santa Barbara County Sheriff deputies then discovered the Prius parked at a golf course in Goleta.
Lopez, 50, then allegedly assaulted a sheriff’s deputy and a CHP officer while she resisted arrest.
Officers arrested Lopez for DUI and battery on a officer and booked her into the Santa Barbara County Jail. She was released Monday afternoon on her own recognizance.
In July 2013, Lopez was arrested near her Santa Barbara home on suspicion of public intoxication. Lopez is married to former Judge Frank Ochoa, who stepped down from the bench in January.