Property damage leads to arrest

crowleycommunity.jpgOn Saturday around 9pm, two California Highway Patrol officers and one sergeant, assigned to the Mammoth Lakes resident post responded to a call of a possible hit and run traffic collision that occurred on Juniper Drive, east of Crowley Lake Drive. The CHP said damage was done to a resident’s front yard.

With assistance from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, the surrounding area was searched and a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description was located at a residence in Crowley. CHP officers made contact with the occupant of the home and identified the driver, Ms. Susan Hiller, age 63 of Crowley Lake.

A driving under the influence investigation was conducted and a preliminary alcohol screening test was administered. The preliminary test yielded a blood alcohol content of .23 percent. Ms. Hiller was arrested and transported to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department where she submitted to a chemical test.

Ms. Hiller was then cited for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater and then released to the care of a friend.

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Bob
Bob
7 years ago

“Property damage leads to arrest” and it was fixed with a rake

ha ha

Hans
Hans
7 years ago

Said damage was fixed with a rake. Almost 3 times the legal limit is unacceptable for any neighborhood.

Bob
Bob
7 years ago
Reply to  Hans

When the officer knocked on my door I would have opened it as I was taking a gulp for a tequila bottle.

Pedro
Pedro
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Bob,
So you would give them evidence that you were drinking? Don’t answer the door, don’t say ANYTHING to police, and call attorney before they get a warrant and break down your door. Better yet, don’t drive drunk.

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
7 years ago
Reply to  Hans

Agreed, driving with a .23 BAC is completely unacceptable anywhere. The problem here is, she was not stopped while driving. Having a BAC of .23 at home, after driving, is not drunk driving. Or at least, it makes it difficult to prove that she was driving drunk.

The hit and run they can get her on if there was damage to her car consistent with the damage at the scene or of someone got her license plate number.

Reality Check
Reality Check
7 years ago
Reply to  sugar magnolia

Actually DUI arrests are frequently made after the suspect was involved in a collision and the cops did not see the person driving. Happens all the time. “Have you had anything to drink after the accident?” Answer: “No”. Done deal. After test results are obtained, it is simple to calculate what their BAC was at the time of the collision based on time and body weight.

Sue
Sue
7 years ago

Way too much support here for a hit and run driver who was either drunk at the time or went home and drank even more. At 62, this would indicate a pattern of problem drinking, at the very least. Leave her alone because she didn’t hurt anyone?? Seriously?? Excusing a hit and run (at 9pm how would she even know what she hit?) because no one was injured?? Her license should be revoked immediately, she does not belong on our shared roads.

Bob
Bob
7 years ago
Reply to  Sue

Sue, I am not in support of the alleged hit & run / DUI suspect. She should have been arrested on the spot and taken to Bridgeport until bail was posted for hit & run and possibly DUI. I was only saying since she made it home and was not caught drunk behind the wheel that charge would be questionable. The hit & run is fairly cut and dry because she didn’t stay at the scene of the accident after damaging property.

This is just more Mono County law enforcement BS. They don’t arrest her for the obvious charge and only give her a citation for the questionable charge. It looks to me like Mono County LEO’s screwed up another one.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
7 years ago

I have to imagine that unless the lady foolishly said something incriminating, proving she was drunk when she was driving will be hard to do.

Btw, why would anyone who was in their home and not in their car even submit to a sobriety test? Tell the police to get a warrant.

Bob
Bob
7 years ago

It was absolutely hit and run.

DUI is questionable as she may have went home and had a few drinks after the accident.

I good lawyer would win the DUI charge

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

It does’t say that she hurt anyone, leave the lady alone. Or at least say what she hit.

Bob K
Bob K
7 years ago

“Being elderly”? 63? What the hell are you talking about!

BIG Rick O'Brien
BIG Rick O'Brien
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob K

What I meant by “elderly”, was that MOST people acquire their DUI’s in their 20’s,30’s and 40’s when they are relatively YOUNG . Getting a drunk driving in your 60’s is a rare and a sad situation. A good portion of the population get wiser as they get older, not the other way around.

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
7 years ago

Being elderly shouldn’t buy her any special treatment ,especially fpr DUI, but I’m glad they didn’t haul her all the way up to Bridgeport. Citing (and releasing) her was the right call.