A detective in the San Diego County Sheriff's Department was arrested Tuesday in connection with two separate collisions in Riverside County.
A witnesses at an apartment complex in Palm Desert said the suspect's car collided with a row of vehicles, ran over a pedestrian's foot, then drove away. A few hours later, the same vehicle drove into the fountain of the Marrakesh Country Club, which calls itself "Jewel of the Desert," also in Palm Desert.
Riverside County sheriff's deputies report that they found the suspect nearby and booked her into the Indio Jail on charges of driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run.
CityBeat has confirmed that suspect, Barbara Crozier, is a detective with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. According to spokesperson Jan Caldwell, Crozier has been "reassigned pending investigation." News articles from 2010 indicate she worked out of the sheriff's Ramona substation, where her duties included monitoring sex offenders.
Here is the text of the Riverside County Sheriff's press release, which does not identify Crozier as a law-enforcement officer:
On August 30, 2011, at about 8:09 P.M. deputies assigned to the contract city of Palm Desert responded to a report of a hit-and-run traffic collision in the parking lot of an apartment complex located at Waring Dr. and Town Center. Deputies contacted the witness who stated that a vehicle, which was being driven at the time by a female, had collided with several parked vehicles and had run over the foot of a pedestrian before fleeing the area. The witness was able to provide the deputies with a description of the suspect's vehicle, as well as the vehicle's license plate number. Deputies checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect's vehicle.
At about 11:41 P.M. deputies responded to the entrance to the Marakesh Country Club reference [sic] a vehicle colliding into the water fountain at the location. Upon arriving at the location deputies contacted the female driver of the vehicle. The license plate number of the vehicle matched the license plate of the suspect vehicle of the earlier collision. During the investigation deputies determined that the driver, Barbara Crozier was driving while intoxicated. Based on witness statements and evidence collected at the scene, Crozier was arrested and booked into the Indio jail for felony hit-and-run and driving a motor vehicle while under the influence.