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Falcone’s DUI Arrest Case in Hands of District Attorney

UPDATE – Charges could be filed today against former Santa Barbara City Councilwoman, Iya Falcone after her arrest last Wednesday for alleged drunk driving. The Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office said Monday they are reviewing the case and will decide Tuesday if they will pursue charges.Officials say her blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit. They say she provided two breath samples that registered .24 and .23 before her arrest. That was at 12:29 pm. The incident took place two hours earlier in a parking lot at Cliff Drive and Meigs Road about 10:30 am. Police say Falcone had been at the Mesa Cafe where she had been drinking alcohol. Officers retrieved a copy of her receipt which showed she ordered toast and a tall well drink with vodka. She left and drove to the shopping Center across the street to buy wine and cigarettes at Mesa Liquors. While driving through the parking lot, police say Falcone’s black BMW 323i hit a parked Toyota Prius causing minor damage. A man who witnessed the accident told police the driver appeared to be intoxicated.Officers say they spotted Falcone walking eastbound away from the scene of the accident. She was later arrested and her car was impounded.In an exclusive interview with KEY New Reporter Shirin Rajaee, Falcone tells us she was backing out of a parking spot at a shopping center, when she hit another parked car. An eye witness immediately called the police. Apparently, the owner of the parked car was inside a hair salon at the time. Falcone says once Police arrived, she turned herself in. She does admit to drinking two glasses of wine, and is also on prescription medication, which she adds are “not a good mix.” She tells KEY News she’s truly remorseful. Falcone has served two consecutive terms on the Santa Barbara City Council from 2002 to 2010. She ran again for council in November of last year, but failed in her attempt for re-election. This is Falcone’s first DUI arrest. She was taken into custody, given a citation and released shortly after. Her next court date is set for October 25th.

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