Drunk driver arrested in Solvang with assault rifle

April 29, 2024


Santa Barbara County deputies on Sunday arrested a drunk driver in Solvang who was transporting an assault weapon and drugs.

Shortly before 1 a.m., a deputy stopped a vehicle that was missing a front license plate on Mission Drive at Pine Street. The deputy determined the driver, 23-year-old Eduardo Andres Sanchez, was under the influence of alcohol.

During a search of Sanchez’s vehicle, deputies found a loaded, un-serialized short barreled rifle along
with narcotics.

Deputies booked Sanchez in Santa Barbara County Jail for misdemeanor DUI and felonies including;
transportation of narcotics for sales, possession of a controlled substance for sales, illegal possession
of an assault weapon, manufacturing a short barreled rifle, felon in possession of a firearm, and
prohibited person carrying a loaded firearm. He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.


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A deep dive into his background would probably show many violations of what we consider a “normal citizen”. Lots of illegalities I would guess.

Really sad that at the age of 23 this young man has thrown his life away, and for what? Not the first time either. I guess just lock him in a cage for the better part of his life all on the taxpayers dime. Maybe just cut his nuts off and see if that changes his attitude.

Worth a try, if nothing else it would be a great deterrent to others.

Why the experimental punishment? It’s what’s between his ears and in his heart that’s the problem, not what’s between his legs. Because E.A. Sanchez is a dangerous drug dealer and violator of gun laws, he deserves the only punishment that guarantees he will never again engage in recidivist behavior.