When Santa Barbara's finest pulled Asa Allen over on Veronica Springs Road, Santa Barbara, on the evening of May 11th, two years ago, they were in for a shock.
The avocado grower and marijuana dealer, then aged 61, blew a .34 on the breathalyzer.
What amazed police on the scene most was that Allen was still standing.
That's because only a fraction higher, say, a .35, means you should probably be in a coma and may die.
In othe words, Allen was drunk as a skunk; certainly, as drunk as anyone can get and remain conscious.
But that wasn't all.
The police found a loaded firearm in Asa Allen's vehicle.
(In California, a firearm inside a vehicle must be unloaded and locked in a container and ammunition locked in a separate container.)
A source privy to the report filed by police says Allen was also in possession of two large bags of marijuana and $10,000 in cash.
Allen reportedly offered all ten grand to officers on the scene if they would "make this go away."
It didn't go away.
Twelve days later, the DA's office filed charges against Asa Gustav Allen for Driving Under the Influence and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.
More to follow...