According to the California Highway Patrol, during the law enforcement agency’s maximum enforcement period over the holidays, the state saw an 8% increase over 2021 in the number of DUI arrests. The maximum enforcement program concluded at midnight on Sunday.
KCRA reported on their website that police in Sacramento have arrested a DUI suspect after a fatal hit-and-run crash with a pedestrian early Sunday, January 2, 2022.
In a statement, the Sacramento Police Department said that the crash happened at approximately 1:20 a.m.at the intersection of Stockton Boulevard and Fruitridge Road.
Officers responding to the scene found an adult male pedestrian suffering from severe injuries in the roadway. Despite all life-saving efforts by police and paramedics, the unidentified man died from his injuries.
Searching the surrounding area, Sacramento Police officers found the suspect drove a short distance away in a vehicle that had been reported stolen on Saturday night. The officers observed the driver displaying several indicators of intoxication.
After failing a series of field sobriety tests, officers arrested 33-year-old Oletha Durham on the felony charges of vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident involving serious injury or death, and vehicle theft.
The Sacramento Police Department asks that anyone with any further information about the incident to contact their central dispatch center at (916) 808-5471, or for those wishing to remain anonymous, contact Sacramento Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357).