WEATHER »

MTD Driver Pleads Guilty to DUI

Brenda Juarez Receives Three Years Probation, Must Pay Fine


A driver for the Metropolitan Transit District who allegedly drove a bus under the influence of alcohol pleaded guilty to one DUI count in late January.

Authorities received an anonymous phone call the morning of August 7, 2009, alerting officers to potential misconduct by driver Brenda Juarez. Juarez’s bus was tracked down in the first block of West Carrillo, and she was eventually taken to the Police Department, where she was cited and released for DUI. The 43-year-old Goleta resident, who allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of .09, was eventually charged with three counts: DUI, DUI of a commercial vehicle with a blood-alcohol level in excess of .04, and DUI with a blood-alcohol level in excess of .08.

She eventually pleaded guilty to the first charge and the others were dismissed. Juarez was placed on three years probation, must pay a fine, and enter a three-month program at Zona Seca. According to an MTD spokesperson, she is no longer employed at MTD.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

Dyer Returns as Interim Fire Chief

When Eric Peterson steps down, Mike Dyer will fill in for County Fire.

Santa Barbara Bodybuilder Wins Mr. Olympia Competition

At 43, Shawn “Flexatron” Rhoden ties for the oldest champ in the contest's history.

Renovated Cabrillo Ball Park Now Open

The park got new exercise equipment, multi-use grass turf areas, and an upgraded softball field.

UCSB Researcher Charged with Molesting Child on Campus

Dr. Hongjun Zhou was arrested September 6.

Teen Serial Robber Caught and Confesses

The suspect was identified through an anonymous tipster.