Another San Diego Police Officer, David Hall, is under investigation, according to 10news.com. This time for allegedly being involved in a hit-and-run crash while driving under the influence.
Hall is suspected of driving his GMC Yukon SUV into a Chevrolet Suburban on northbound Interstate 805 just north of Murray Ridge Road on February 22, 2011, at approximately 7:30 p.m. A CHP officer spotted Hall’s vehicle, which matched the description of the initial report, and followed him to his home. He took a breath test with a reported result of three times the legal limit.
The officer has not been arrested for drunken driving or hit and run; however, this matter is being investigated by the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.
An officer may arrest a person when the officer has probable cause to believe that the person to be arrested has committed a public offense in the officer’s presence, Penal Code Section 836. However, there are many exceptions to this “officer’s presence” requirement. Under California Vehicle Code Section 40300.5, a peace officer may arrest a person when the officer has reasonable cause to believe that person had been driving while under the influence and the person was involved in a traffic accident. It appears in this case that no one can identify Hall as the driver of the vehicle when the accident occurred, so this will be a tough case for the prosecution.
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