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Photo from the scene showing a sedan collided with a retaining wall and an officer investigating
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Serious Injury DUI Collision on Castillo Street

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September 9, 2022

On September 9, 2022, around 1:30a.m., the Santa Barbara Police Combined Communications Center received a report of a serious injury traffic collision involving a single vehicle. Initial investigation shows a Ford sedan was traveling at a high rate of speed while exiting the 101 southbound freeway off-ramp at Castillo Street. The driver of the vehicle was attempting to turn left onto northbound Castillo Street and collided with a large retaining wall.

The driver of the vehicle is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. The driver and the front passenger sustained minor injuries, and a rear seat passenger sustained serious injuries and was transported to cottage hospital for treatment where they remain.

The Critical Accident Response Team responded to the scene to handle the investigation.

The driver was arrested on scene and identified as Ray Timothy Oberholzer, a 25-year-old Santa Barbara resident. He was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for felony DUI causing injury. Bail is set at $100,000.

This is an active investigation, and no other information is available currently.

A Ford sedan after colliding with a retaining wall, front portion of vehicle looks to be totaled
The driver of the vehicle was attempting to turn left onto northbound Castillo Street and collided with a large retaining wall.
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Sgt. Ethan Ragsdale
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Communications Sergeant - Public Information Officer