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Santa Barbara man facing felony DUI charges after cafe crash

A pickup truck that drove onto the State Street sidewalk injured four people on Saturday.
A pickup truck that drove onto the State Street sidewalk injured four people on Saturday. Noozhawk.com

Police have arrested a man who injured four people Saturday when the pickup truck he was driving rolled up onto the sidewalk and struck a building on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.

John Dalton, 53, was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of felony DUI involving drugs, according to Santa Barbara Police Department spokesman Anthony Wagner.

John Dalton mugshot
John Dalton, 53, was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of felony DUI involving drugs after crashing his pickup truck into a building on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Santa Barbara County Jail

Emergency personnel were dispatched at about 12:40 p.m. Saturday to Carlitos Café y Cantina at 1324 State St.

The white Toyota Tacoma pickup was traveling up State Street when it veered off to the right, knocking down a couple of utility poles and striking the restaurant building.

Four people who were on the sidewalk suffered minor injuries and were taken by American Medical Response ambulances to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, according to Battalion Chief Mike De Ponce of the Santa Barbara City Fire Department.

Dalton also sustained injuries and was taken to the hospital.

The damage to the building appeared to be minor, De Ponce said, and no one was injured on the restaurant patio.

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