On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, a 76 year old driver was booked for felony hit-and-run and felony driving under the influence, after he allegedly hit a CHP officer as she stood in the road directing traffic. The driver then fled the scene. The CHP officer suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken by helicopter to the hospital.
Responding CHP officers observed the driver, based on license plate information they had received from a tow truck driver, and pulled him over. It was later determined that he was suspected of driving under the influence and he was arrested for DUI and hit and run. The driver was apprehended several miles north of the hit-and-run collision location.
California law enforcement officers encourage people to not to drive after drinking and say that if you chose to drink then arrange for a designated driver or a safe ride home. If a driver is arrested for a DUI a long and expensive process starts that can result in the automatic administrative suspension of the person’s driving privilege, probation, fines, possible jail time and mandatory attendance at a DUI school.