Man accused of crashing into two vehicles, including patrol unit
A 30-year-old man who had at least three prior DUI convictions for DUI was arrested late Tuesday following a pursuit and is accused of crashing into a patrol unit and another vehicle, police said.
At approximately 10:38 p.m. Tuesday, Santa Maria Police officers attempted to stop a vehicle driving without its headlights on, according to a department news release.
“The driver, identified as 30 year old Andy Mena, led officers on a pursuit, during which time he accelerated in reserved and rammed a patrol unit,” police said in a news release.
Mr. Mena was driving recklessly and speeding before he collided into the rear of another vehicle that had been stopped at a red light at the intersection of South Blosser and Betteravia roads, police said.
The driver of that vehicle was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center for treatment for complaint of pain.
Mr. Mena was discovered to have prior convictions for driving under the influence. During the incident Tuesday, he was driving on a suspended license resulting from a DUI charge and had an outstanding felony warrant, police said.
He was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for those charges, as well as on suspicion of felony DUI causing injury.