A UCSB Police Department lieutenant has pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor drunken-driving charge in Santa Barbara County Superior Court, leading to a 30-day jail sentence to be served in an alternative program.
Bradley Prows, 61, of Buellton was charged in September with three misdemeanors — driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content over 0.08%, and hit-and-run.
The charges stem from an incident at approximately 7 p.m. Aug. 7 when a caller reported to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office that a hit-and-run had occurred on Highway 246 at Fourth Place in Solvang, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A 2016 Honda Odyssey driven by Rana Sibani, 54, of La Mesa had slowed to a stop to pull into a parking space, the CHP said.
Prows was following the westbound Honda in his 2017 Ford F-350 truck when he attempted to pass the other vehicle, according to officials.
As a result, the right side of Prows’ truck struck the left side of the Honda, but Prows continued driving west on Highway 246, with Sibani following and attempting to flag him down, the CHP said.
After about a mile, Prows pulled to the right shoulder and stopped.
The incident was reported to Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies, who arrived and later requested that CHP officers respond to investigate the incident, although it occurred in Solvang city limits.
Sheriff’s deputies serve as the police force in Solvang.
The criminal complaint listed Prows’ blood alcohol content at 0.15%, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08%.
Under the deal, two charges, misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol and misdemeanor hit and run, were dismissed.
Prows was sentenced late last month to 30 days in jail on alternative sentencing, which typically includes electronic monitoring or performing community service.
He was placed on summary probation for three years, and will have to return to court for progress reports periodically. He also was ordered to pay restitution.
Prows works for UCSB as the lieutenant for the services division, including the detective bureau and the community outreach team.
After the arrest, he was placed on administrative leave, UCSB officials said.
He remained on administrative leave as of Friday, according to a UCSB representatives.
Prows retired in 2012 from the CHP after more than 29 years and achieving the rank of sergeant. He began working for the UCSB Police Department as an officer in 2013 before being promoted to sergeant and then lieutenant.
In 2015, Prows was among the recipients of the H. Thomas Guerry Awards for Valor in response to the Isla Vista mass murders in May 2014.