Oceano official to resign after DUI citation and rollover crash

clambert@thetribunenews.comMay 21, 2012 

A Ford F-250 is hooked up to a tow truck after it rolled over twice on northbound Highway 101 just north of the Spyglass Drive exit in Pismo Beach on Thursday night. The northbound lanes were closed for about an hour.

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UPDATE: Oceano services district General Manager Tom Geaslen said that board member Rick Searcy plans to resign Wednesday. Geaslen said Searcy's board seat could remain vacant until November's election, but no plans have been made on whether to replace him sooner.

ORIGINAL STORY: An Oceano Community Services District board member was cited on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence last week after he crashed his pickup truck on Highway 101.

Rick Searcy, 59, was driving north on the highway, just north of Spyglass Drive, about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when his Ford F-250 pickup truck drifted into the dirt median, according to CHP Officer Richard Lee.

Searcy overcorrected, causing the truck to roll about two times before coming to rest in the right lane, Lee said.

It was unknown how fast Searcy was driving or whether he was wearing a seatbelt. A news release issued by CHP states that alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash.

Searcy received a citation on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI and was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center with major injuries, including head trauma and a fractured pelvis, Lee said.

Searcy was released from the hospital Friday. He could not be immediately reached for comment today.

Searcy was appointed to a vacant position on the Oceano Community Services District board in May 2011. He was first elected to the board in the early 1980s and most recently served on the board from December 2000 to 2004.

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