Man Arrested After Crashing into Café

John Dalton is accused of crashing his truck into the wall at Carlitos Café and injuring five pedestrians on Saturday.

Santa Barbara City Fire Department

John Dalton is accused of crashing his truck into the wall at Carlitos Café and injuring five pedestrians on Saturday.

A 53-year-old Santa Barbara man drove his Toyota truck up a State Street sidewalk just past Arlington Avenue during the Saturday brunch hour on October 7, and plowed into a wall at Carlitos Café. A total of five pedestrians suffered minor injuries and were taken to Cottage Hospital; no restaurant patrons were hurt.

The driver, John Dalton, sheared off a lamppost as his truck leapt the curb. He was charged with driving under the influence of drugs; bail was set at $100,000. Firefighters inspected the wall at the time of the incident and determined there had been no structural damage.

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