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Lompoc woman suspected of impaired driving in construction zone after police ram vehicle

A Lompoc woman was arrested Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence in a construction zone along the 101 freeway after police rammed her vehicle to stop, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The incident was reported shortly after 3:30 a.m. when a Santa Maria CHP official, identified as Officer Jose Leal, was working in a construction zone enhanced enforcement area program detail along the northbound Highway 101 north of Tajiguas Landfill Road, according to CHP officer Jonathan. Gutierrez.

The program is a contract between the CHP and Caltrans to provide security in construction areas, according to official reports.

Guiterrez said the construction area was manned by 18 Caltrans personnel at the time Leal heard a radio dispatch about an approaching contraflow driver identified as 31-year-old Lynesy Diane McClain.

Leal began a halt to northbound traffic from the construction zone while using his patrol vehicle’s hazard lights and siren.

When it became clear that McClain was not going to stop, Gutierrez testified that Leal forcibly stopped McClain’s vehicle by intentionally ramming the left front of his patrol unit into the left rear of his vehicle.

Leal detained McClain after the two vehicles were stopped along northbound Highway 101 just south of Mariposa Reina. A second Santa Barbara CHP official, identified as Officer Sean Buenrostro, arrived at the scene shortly after to arrest McClain on suspicion of impaired driving charges, according to a CHP report.

Gutierrez said no CHP officers were injured. A CHP unit and McClain’s vehicle sustained minor damage.

The incident is being investigated by the Santa Barbara area CHP, officials said.


Los Padres seeks public comment on OHV grants

Los Padres National Forest recreation officials are seeking public comment on proposed California off-road vehicle grant applications they plan to submit to the state.

Grant proposals to support off-road vehicle management activities in the national forest include operations and maintenance as well as law enforcement operations.

Preliminary applications are due March 7, then will be available March 8 for public review and comment through May 2 at Final grant applications are due June 6.

Comments should be submitted by email to [email protected] or can be mailed to Los Padres National Forest, 1980 Old Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463, Attn: Recreation/OHV.

The Los Padres National Forest and the California Department of Parks and Recreation entered into a three-decade partnership that provided funding for ORV-managed recreation in the forest.

For more information about Los Padres, visit


The library offers a weekly Story Time event for all ages

Storytime for Families – a series designed to encourage literacy – will be hosted at the Santa Maria Public Library.

Beginning March 2, every Wednesday at 4 p.m., children of all ages and parents are invited to the library for songs, finger plays, and stories in English and Spanish.

Storytime will be held at the Main Library, located at 421 S. McClelland Street, and is designed to build literacy skills and school readiness. The program will continue until April 6.

Follow the library on Facebook and Instagram for updates on programming, resources and services.

For more information, contact the library’s youth services division at 805-925-0994, ext. 8564.


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