DUI repeat offender rams Santa Maria police car

October 3, 2019

Andy Mena


A felon, who has at least three prior DUI convictions, drove under the influence Wednesday night. He led Santa Maria officers on a chase during which he rammed a police car and crashed into another vehicle, injuring the other driver. [Cal Coast Times]

Shortly before 11 p.m., officers tried to stop a vehicle driving without headlights. The driver, 30-year-old Andy Mena, fled driving recklessly and at high speeds, according to police.

During the chase, Mena accelerated in reverse and rammed a police car.

Eventually, Mena crashed into the rear of a vehicle that was stopped at a red light at Blosser and Betteravia roads. Responders transported the injured driver to Marian Regional Medical Center, where he received treatment for pain.

Officers caught Mena and arrested him on charges of felony DUI causing injury, having an outstanding warrant and driving on a suspended license resulting from a DUI. Police booked Mena into the Santa Barbara County Jail.



I support the use of deadly force in cases like this.

Blue Lives Matter.

Support Law & Order.


I realize he’s just a felon and has rights, but hopefully he’s going away for a while before he kills an innocent person.


Not if Mayor Patino has a say, she’d would have him back out before happy hour tomorrow night.