CALIFORNIA:  Saul Celerino Villanueva Delgado speeding away from a deputy, crashed into a median and into a Nissan

San Diego County Sheriff’s helicopter

DUI Arrest – Vista

A suspected impaired driver has been arrested after crashing through a median fence and colliding with another car in Vista. 

According to San Diego Sheriffs, the incident happened on Monday, April 17, 2023, just after 2:30 p.m. near N. Santa Fe Avenue and Vista Village Drive.

A deputy from the Vista Sheriff’s Station was patrolling the area when he saw a blue Audi, driven by Saul Celerino Villanueva Delgado (DOB: 8/4/1989), driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed. As the deputy tried to catch up to the Audi, Villanueva made an illegal U-turn and ran the red light at N. Santa Fe Avenue and E. California Avenue. Villanueva then lost control of his car, crashing through the median fence before colliding with a Nissan SUV.

Deputies quickly came to the aid of the two occupants inside the SUV, as well as Villanueva. One of the individuals in the SUV was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Villanueva was the only person in the Audi. He was also taken to the hospital and placed under arrest for driving under the influence.  


Sheriff Martinez has served the residents of San Diego County and the Sheriff’s Department since 1985.  She began her career as a deputy working in the jails and then began her first patrol assignment serving the community of Fallbrook.  Sheriff Martinez spent 22 years at the rank of Deputy Sheriff, working in several assignments.  Those assignments included gang investigations, narcotic investigations, and criminal intelligence investigator.  As a sergeant, Sheriff Martinez served the city of San Marcos before her selection to supervise in the Special Investigations Division.  Her next assignment was to investigate employee misconduct in the Sheriff’s Internal Affairs Unit before promoting to lieutenant.  As a lieutenant, Sheriff Martinez served the cities of Encinitas, Del Mar, and Solana Beach.  She also served the communities of Rancho Santa Fe and Valley Center.  Before promoting to Captain, she oversaw the Sheriff’s participation in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Narcotic Task Force.  As a Captain, she served the communities of Alpine and the backcountry of San Diego County.  Sheriff Martinez was promoted to Commander and was assigned to oversee the Sheriff’s Investigations Units.  Her appointment to Assistant Sheriff put her in charge of the Law Enforcement Services Bureau.  As Undersheriff, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Department.  Sheriff Martinez was elected Sheriff in 2022.

Sheriff Martinez is responsible for providing law enforcement services to 4,200 square miles of unincorporated San Diego County, nine contract cities, seven jails, and security for the courthouses.   She is responsible for the department’s $1.165 billion budget and 4,700 authorized employees. 

Sheriff Martinez has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  She holds several POST Certificates, including a basic, advanced, supervisory, and management POST.  She is a graduate of the POST Command College.  Sheriff Martinez is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the San Diego Police Chiefs and Sheriff’s Association, and a lifetime member of the California State Sheriff’s Association.  She is a San Diego native and committed to public safety.  Sheriff Martinez is married with one adult son.