Brent Pella, a 23-year-old Los Angeles resident and recent UCSB graduate whose music video “Bike Path Love” went semi-viral on YouTube, was arrested early Friday morning for felony DUI resulting in injury, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department. Pella was turning left onto Carrillo Street from Bath Street around 2:59 a.m. when he allegedly struck a 24-year-old man who was walking across Carrillo, causing the man to suffer life-threatening injuries. The man, who police said is from Fullerton, was transported to the Cottage Hospital Emergency Room and his current condition is not being disclosed.
A 23-year-old male passenger who was in Pella’s car was uninjured, said police spokesman Sgt. Riley Harwood, who added that the investigation into the accident is still ongoing. Pella’s blood alcohol content clocked in at 0.11, and the results of his blood test are pending. Pella’s Facebook account shows that he was back in town Thursday night to play a show with his band at Wildcat Lounge.
According to his LinkedIn page, Pella graduated from UCSB in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies. His UCSB tenure included more than two years working for The Daily Nexus, as well as his 2012 video, “Bike Path Love,” a hit on campus and beyond that, to date, has generated nearly 70,000 views. Pella made the video with Thumbs Up Entertainment, a video production company he founded in July 2011.
Following his arrest, he was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on $100,000 bail.