A San Diego County Sheriff’s Department detective who once worked at the Ramona substation was arrested Aug. 30 in Palm Desert for felony hit-and-run and driving a motor vehicle while under the influence, said law enforcement officials.
Around 8:09 p.m., Detective Barbara Jean Crozier allegedly drove a vehicle in an apartment complex at Waring Drive and Town Center, colliding with several parked vehicles and running over the foot of a pedestrian before fleeing the area, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Witnesses provided deputies with a description of the vehicle and driver, along with the license plate number. After checking the area, deputies were unable to locate the vehicle.
When deputies responded to a call around 11:41 p.m. at the entrance to the Marakesh County Club regarding a vehicle hitting a water fountain, they found the license plate number of the suspected vehicle to match that of the earlier incident and during the investigation determined that the driver, Crozier, was driving while intoxicated, said the news release.
Crozier was arrested and booked into the Indio jail. She was released on Aug. 31 on $50,000 bail and is due to appear in court on Nov. 2, according to jail records.
Crozier worked at the Ramona substation until five or six months ago when she put in a transfer to the Santee station, said Ramona substation Lt. Julie Sutton, who declined to comment pending the investigation.