Javier Antunez Arrested For Suspected DUI Accident on Highway 154 near Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County, California (September 16, 2019) – 44-year-old Javier Antunez of Goleta was arrested on suspicion of DUI following a multi-vehicle collision that left seven people injured on Saturday night in Santa Barbara County.
According to the authorities, the incident was reported at about 7:15 p.m. September 14, on Highway 154 east of Lake Cachuma.
Antunez was driving a BMW eastbound on Highway 154 when he drifted into the westbound side and collided head-on with an oncoming Toyota Tacoma. The two vehicles were then hit by a Jeep.
One female passenger in the Toyota sustained major injuries and was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
Three victims sustained moderate injuries and were transported by AMR ambulances to Cottage Hospital.
Three other patients who had minor injuries were attended to by paramedics at the scene.
An initial investigation showed that Antunez was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI causing injuries.
The crash resulted in the closure of Highway 154 as the scene was examined and cleared.
The crash is under investigation.