Crime

Hearing continued for Nipomo woman who allegedly drove drunk, crashed into officer

Miranda A. Miranda of Nipomo was arrested following a Dec. 11, 2016, head-on collision on Highway 1 with a Guadalupe police officer who was transporting a prisoner.
Miranda A. Miranda of Nipomo was arrested following a Dec. 11, 2016, head-on collision on Highway 1 with a Guadalupe police officer who was transporting a prisoner.

A Nipomo woman charged in connection with allegedly driving while intoxicated when her vehicle collided with a Guadalupe police car appeared in a Santa Maria courtroom Wednesday morning.

Miranda A. Miranda, 18, made a brief appearance for a hearing before Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Gustavo Lavayen.

The hearing was continued to Feb. 8.

Miranda was arrested following a Dec. 11 head-on collision with a Guadalupe police officer who was transporting a prisoner.

At approximately 2:20 a.m., Officer Efrain Oseguera reported that he and his prisoner, Abacuc Lopez-Sanchez, had been in a crash on two-lane Highway 1, south of Brown Road.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Oseguera was driving southbound at 45-50 mph when he spotted an oncoming Toyota Tundra pickup traveling northbound in the southbound lane.

Oseguera hit the brakes and swerved into the northbound lane in attempting to avoid a collision with the pickup, which was traveling an estimated 70 mph, the CHP said.

However, the Tundra swerved back into the northbound lane, and the two vehicles collided head-on, the CHP said.

Both drivers and the police officer’s passenger were injured in the crash.

Miranda was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving with a presumptive blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit for an adult, police said.

She was charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a 0.08 blood alcohol level causing injury, along with special allegations of causing great bodily injury and causing great bodily injury to more than one person.

Miranda, who was represented by defense attorney Michael Scott, remains in custody in the Santa Barbara County Jail.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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