Former Santa Barbara Pastor Takes Plea Deal for DUI

A well-known former pastor of a large local church pleaded no contest to a charge of driving under the influence last week, stemming from a motorcycle accident that occurred earlier this year.

Gerald Torres, 43,  known as “Pastor G” by the congregation at Reality Church, was riding a 1998 Yamaha westbound on Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria on May 3 when he veered off the roadway and struck a traffic sign and a fence, according to the California Highway Patrol. …The church’s elders also assembled a team responsible for tracking Torres’ progress, and included several people outside of the Reality community, including Ben Patterson, campus pastor at Westmont College, and David Guzik, a pastor at Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara. more

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