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Jose Munoz Suspect in Santa Barbara DUI Crash at State and Islay Street

Jose Munoz Suspect in Santa Barbara DUI Crash at State and Islay StreetSeveral Injured in Auto vs. MTD Bus Accident at State and Islay Street Saturday

Santa Barbara, CA (May 15, 2021) – Authorities identified 24-year-old Jose Munoz as the suspect in a major injury collision that occurred in the area of State and Islay Street Saturday noon.

The KSBY News reported a Santa Barbara police officer observed a reported stolen vehicle traveling near the intersection of San Andres Street and West Micheltorena Street. Deputies spotted the vehicle at approximately 12:30 p.m.

According to the article published online, the officers followed the allegedly stolen vehicle. They reportedly attempted to pull over the suspect in the 1600 block of Bath Street. However, Jose Munoz apparently failed to yield and sped away from the police.

The man behind the wheel of the stolen vehicle committed multiple traffic violations in an attempt to evade the officers. When Jose Munoz approached the crossing at State Street and Islay Street, he collided with an MTD bus. Authorities said Jose Munoz run against a stop sign, leading to the crash.

When medical personnel arrived at the location, they immediate rendered aid to all possible victims. Authorities said two occupants in the stolen vehicle suffered serious injuries as a result of the wreck. In addition, as many as six passenger in the bus sustained minor injuries.

Jose Munoz Hospitalized, Arrested in Santa Barbara Car Accident

Officials mentioned Jose Munoz also sustained injuries from the crash. An ambulance transported the suspect to Cottage Hospital for treatment. Preliminary investigation revealed the man was driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol when the incident happened. For this reason, authorities charged the man with 273a PC – Child Endangerment (felony), 23153 VC – DUI Collision Causing Injury (felony), 10851 VC – Possession of a Stolen Vehicle (felony), 11379 H&S Possession of Narcotics for Sale (felony), and 148(a)(1) PC – Evading (misdemeanor).

Further investigation on the case is ongoing.


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