DUI Crash Leaves 3-Year-Old With Serious Injuries

Mother Charged With Felony DUI and Child Endangerment

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Kate Walters

Santa Barbara resident Kate Hatrey Walters was booked into County Jail on felony DUI and child endangerment charges after a drunken collusion left her 3-year-old son with a broken neck.

Walters, 24, collided with a street sign and lamppost at the corner of State Street and Toyon Drive on Sunday evening after getting kicked out of Harry’s Plaza Café for unruly behavior, said police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood in a statement.

An investigation revealed that Walters had started heavily drinking earlier in the day before she went to Harry’s with a friend around 5:00 p.m, taking her young son with her. Walters drove her 21-year-old unnamed friend’s car to Harry’s, said Harwood.

“At the restaurant Walters continued to drink with her friend and both became heavily intoxicated, unruly, and argumentative with restaurant staff,” explained Harwood. Walters and her friend were asked to leave and restaurant staff called them a cab.

Staff then called police around 7:00 p.m. as Walters and her friend continued to make a scene outside Harry’s, said Harwood. Before the police arrived, Walters put her son in his child seat and drove off with her friend in the passenger’s seat. The investigation showed that the child seat was installed improperly. Walters’ near collision with two parked cars in the Loreto Plaza parking lot prompted another call to the police, said Harwood.

Walters made it about two blocks westbound on State Street to the Toyon Drive intersection when “she struck the curb at the northwest corner of the intersection and drove up onto the sidewalk, striking the State Street / Toyon Drive street sign there and then collided with the lamppost of a city street light,” explained Harwood.

When officers arrived they found Walters, heavily intoxicated and distraught, seated in the rear of the car. Her 3-year-old son — bleeding from abrasions to his neck — was being cradled in the arms of a citizen. Firefighters and paramedics struggled to extricate the heavily intoxicated, combative, 21-year-old woman from the front passenger’s seat.

Walters, her son, and her friend were transported to the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Emergency Room. The responding police officer, conducting an DUI investigation, obtained a search warrant authorizing a blood sample to be taken from Walters. The results are currently unavailable.

Walters was treated for minor injuries and booked into jail. Her son was admitted to the hospital, suffering from “multiple injuries from the collision including a broken neck,” according to Harwood. The condition of Walters’ friend was unclear as of press time.

Walters has been charged with felony DUI and child endangerment and her bail is set at $100,000.


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Some people really shouldn't be parents!

opinionatedMom (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 4:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Shame on Harrys for serving an already intoxicated pregnant woman. Good job Harrys for at least calling a cab. I wonder if that little boy can sue Harry's. I hope Harrys enjoys that profit and tips collected from that drunk lady.

JamPenn (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 5:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hold the assumptions until all is revealed. It was for the women to monitor themselves and not Harry's obligation.

samuel (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 5:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Uhm where does it say Walters is pregnant? Three years old is well out of the womb.. at least in this state. And I sure hope the kid gets a better life after this.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 5:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Oops sorry about the pregnant part thought I read that somewhere. Not sorry about the Harrys part " Every person who sells, furnishes, gives or causes to be sold, furnished or given away, any alcoholic beverages to any habitual drunkard, or to any obviously intoxicated person is guilty of a misdemeanor. (Section 25602). "Walters had started heavily drinking earlier in the day before she went to Harry’s" "At the restaurant Walters continued to drink with her friend and both became heavily intoxicated" I'm afraid there is an obligation on Harrys both legally and morally.

JamPenn (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 7:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I wonder how old their server as. I can see a more experienced server being to spot a preintox, not the younger (cheaper) ones. Is the fact Walters is a wreck of a human being really the fault of Harry's? You can't always tell right off when somes intoxicated if the onloy words they say initially are "on the rocks".
I understand your point and don't mean to invalidate it, but we weren't there and it'd be just a big a travesty if some naive young student server was punished for this woman's crimes. That's who would be ultimately punished, not Harry's which I'm sure you know isn't really Harry's anymore since like... 03?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 8:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Lets go to the video Ken. I'm not trying to jam up some poor shmuck server. What they make is a drop in the pan for the overall profit made on a daily party of barflys. I'm pretty certain the only way Harrys will not serve you another drink is if you actually can't speak the words to order it. Every person is ultimately responsible for there own actions. For sure that lady is a mess, now physically and hopefully mentally for breaking her own sons neck. How many accidents, deaths and DUIs have been caused by over serving an intoxicated person. These businesses are complicit in the misery caused and received by these people. Yet they get to profit off it with barely a thought. Doesn't seem right to me.

JamPenn (anonymous profile)
May 23, 2013 at 12:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You can't go anywhere in this town without somebody shoving a drink in your face. The entire culture of the town has been geared to instant gratification via booze, and the toll of death and destruction is mounting.
Yet our brave and wise quasi liberal* establishment are afraid of some old lady smoking a joint in her garden.
What a buncha maroons.

*The bulk of them are as liberal as Reagan.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 23, 2013 at 12:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The police were called multiple times prior to her getting behind the wheel and zero preventative action was taken. This could have been avoided and the sbpd is notorious for this. Shame on the mother. Shame on the sbpd. Glad the child will be okay.

Ababa (anonymous profile)
May 25, 2013 at 1:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ababa, are you sure the child is going to be okay? The last I read, he was transferred to a hospital in Los Angeles for "specialized treatment" just hours after the crash. I have been praying for him and hope that he is indeed going to be okay.

SBmama (anonymous profile)
May 25, 2013 at 10:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I saw on the news that there is serious talk about lowering the legal limit for blood alcohol content down to 0.05.

Just the other day some 18-year-old who I later found out was due to go into the firefighting academy ran over a curb and took out a sign near my house. The kid was drunk and got picked up a while later. One of the cops told me that many countries in Europe have 0.05 as their limits and that in the Santa Ynez Valley cops are busting people for DUI's all the time.

As for the kid, one can suffer a broken neck and make a complete recovery, but clearly specialized treatment is needed in such a case.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
May 25, 2013 at 3:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Harry's employees F'd up. Dept. of child services should have been called and they should have kept the mom calm till Child services got there. Even if she had got in the cab, she was still PC 647(f). Which means a danger to herself or others. No reason to believe she wouldn't drop the child on her/his head getting out of the cab, forget about DUI.

DarrylGenis (anonymous profile)
May 27, 2013 at 7:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So Harry's should have detained the mom? Can't you smell the false imprisonment lawsuit coming? Harry's cut them off and called them a cab. What more could you have asked from them? Oh wait, Harry's has deeper pockets than the unruly drunks, don't they? Personal responsibility be dam*ed, let the lawsuits proceed!!!

Botany (anonymous profile)
May 27, 2013 at 7:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Would Harry's rather defend a 'False Imprisonment' lawsuit, or a Dramshop lawsuit for turning Jr. Into Johnny Quad?
That is the question as you pose it.
Actually, they could have used a ruse (something Beutel and Tudor routinely use, and they could teach it) and given the lush 21 year old boozer a few 'free' drinks to create the time for Child Services to arrive. Then put the Britney Spears impersonator into a short yellow limo.

DarrylGenis (anonymous profile)
May 27, 2013 at 1:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

To place blame on the Harry's employee would be severely misguided. She called the police multiple times. When I say multiple times I mean she called more than once! One call should result in a squad car there in less than five minutes..

How are Santa Barbarans not storming the sbpd castle screaming off with their heads?

Ababa (anonymous profile)
May 29, 2013 at 2:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

But let's blame the server making minimum plus tips.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 29, 2013 at 2:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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