Nipomo DUI suspect collides with Guadalupe police officer

December 11, 2016


A city of Guadalupe police officer and his prisoner are recovering from injuries from a head on crash with a suspected drunk driver early Sunday morning.

At approximately 2:20 a.m., the officer, who was transporting a prisoner to the Santa Barbara County Jail, was headed southbound on Highway 1 in Santa Maria when he noticed a pickup truck driving northbound in the southbound lane. Though the officer attempted to avoid the collision, the vehicles crashed head on.

Emergency personnel transported the officer to Marian Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and released. Personnel freed the prisoner from the patrol car and transported him to the hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. The driver of the truck had minor injuries.

Officers arrested the driver of the truck, an 18-year-old Nipomo woman, for felony DUI. She allegedly had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit. The names of the officer and the suspect have not yet been released.

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So, she’s had a drivers license just two years and damn near killed 3 people including herself…how very sad…and pervasive.

It may be the case of the headlights being hypnotic to the intoxicated driver. I remember almost getting in a head-on, and when I swerved left, they swerved with me… swerving right = same result. I was about to lose it when I held on to the last second, playing “chicken” and swerving at the last minute – it was all I could do to avoid the head-on. That driver just was focused on my lights. Thankfully, I just ended up with side-swiping damage along the drivers’ sides of each car.

It’s a tough break all around, but this is often what recreational use of intoxicants and mind-altering substances may cause when one gets behind the wheel.

Well, no one is dead. That’s good. I hope the young lady will tell all her friends about how screwed up her life is now with a felony DUI conviction. Maybe they will show some wisdom and avoid a similar situation and not drive drunk.