The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office identified 44-year-old Javier Jonathan Antunez, a custody deputy at the Santa Barbara County Jail, as the driver of a 2008 BMW that collided with two other vehicles just east of the entrance to the Cachuma Lake Recreation area on Sept. 14.
Santa Barbara attorney Elizabeth O'brien, who appeared on behalf of Antunez at Santa Barbara Superior Court on Wednesday, did not enter a plea for her client.
While the extent of Antunez's injuries is unknown, O'brien asked Judge Gustavo Lavayen for an additional four weeks because she said Antunez will be able to walk at that time.
Antunez, of Goleta, is facing one count of felony driving under the influence causing injury, and one count of felony driving under the influence causing injury with a blood alcohol-level of 0.08 or greater. Each count carries five enhancements of causing great bodily injury, and an additional enhancement of causing bodily injury while driving.
The five victims in the crash are identified as Esther Trejotakembaiyee, Enrique Calderon Mendez, Dolores Gutierrez, Evelia Dominguez and Judith Hall, who is a District Attorney's Office investigator.
The California Highway Patrol is increasing traffic enforcement along the 32-mile stretch of State Highway 154 following a triple-fatal car crash that killed a woman and two young children near Cold Springs Bridge on Oct. 25.