Suspected DUI driver arrested after crashing vehicle into fence near Goleta

Driver located few blocks away

Crash shreds fence, driver arrested nearby

GOLETA, Calif. - A woman was arrested after she crashed her vehicle into a residence just outside of Goleta and ran from the scene.

The crash happened at around 10:30 a.m. near the intersection of South Turnpike Road and Glenbrook Street.

According to California Highway Patrol, the woman was driving a Ford Explorer on Turnpike Road when she lost control, struck the curb and plowed through a fence. The vehicle hit a tree and narrowly missed hitting an occupied home on the corner of Glenbrook Street.

CHP Sgt. Shawn Stevens said it was a high speed accident.  "There were speed skids and it shows she didn't hardly brake at all. The tire blew when she hit the curb and the orange tree slowed down the vehicle  so it didn't hit the house."  Stevens said there were skid marks on Turnpike showing the car was out of control well before the crash site.

The woman, identified as 31-year-old Santa Barbara resident Magdalena Magana Amezcua, ran from the crash site and was located a few blocks away on Zink Avenue.

Amezcua and the occupants of the home were all uninjured. The home did not have any structural damage.

Amezcua was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit-and-run. She's facing charges of: Driving under the influence of alcohol with a Blood Alcohol Content over .08.

CHP is investigating the crash.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department was also involved in the efforts to locate the driver and gather information.

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