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Walk-on coach at West Ranch arrested on DUI charge

Posted: August 27, 2014 5:25 p.m.
Updated: August 27, 2014 5:25 p.m.

A 45-year-old “walk-on” soccer coach at West Ranch High School was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Hart district officials confirmed Wednesday.

Newhall resident Fausto Arana was arrested at 2:45 a.m. Sunday and booked into the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a Sheriff’s Department booking report.

He was cited at the station and released, the report states.

Although employed by the district, walk-on coaches are not teachers or district staff members, said Gail Pinsker, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

“They do have to apply and an application is reviewed,” Pinsker said. “They go through a full Justice Department background check and are fingerprinted.”

Pinsker said she was prohibited from discussing how the district might respond to Arana’s arrest, citing employee confidentiality rules.

“I cant’ discuss any follow-up. Each case is handled individually,” she said. “It’s handled on a case-by-case basis.”

Arana coached the varsity boys soccer team at West Ranch High School. He was also previously the varsity boys head coach at Golden Valley and Hart.


Nitsho: Posted: August 27, 2014 8:47 p.m.

How many DUi's does that make from our local school districts?

AWB: Posted: August 27, 2014 9:38 p.m.

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zra: Posted: August 28, 2014 12:38 a.m.

If you are going to drink and drive, it's probably best done during daylight hours. geez. you'd think these people would learn.

bobforte: Posted: August 28, 2014 8:30 a.m.

He should be fired immediately. --edited.

johnnyrock: Posted: August 28, 2014 12:44 p.m.

Wow....he needs to stop coaching asap.

tpaul: Posted: August 28, 2014 1:02 p.m.


timothymyers02: Posted: August 28, 2014 1:42 p.m.

bobforte and johnnyrock:

Precedent at the Hart District would say he stays. Follow this link:

bobforte: Posted: August 28, 2014 4:53 p.m.

Timothy, I didn't open the link, but it is probably in regard to the Arroyo Seco JH principal's arrest for DUI.

As in that case, I didn't feel she needed to be fired and I don't think this guy does either. I was being sarcastic above.

CaptGene: Posted: August 29, 2014 3:10 p.m.

I have to laugh at the fact that a deputy suspected this guy was drunk, and by stopping him he (orshe) single highhandedly collared more drunk drivers than a fistful of deputies were able to by stopping over 2000 cars at two separate DUI checkpoints.

Only fools believe that DUI checkpoints do any good.

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