DUI Charge: California Highway Patrol Officer Charged with DUI

Why was driver suspected of crashing into 25 sheriff’s recruits suddenly set free?

The young deputy who allegedly crashed his patrol vehicle into 25 young officers from the sheriff’s department, then left the scene, and then was later released has now been charged with DUI.

A California Highway Patrol officer is facing a DUI charge after driving his pickup truck into five sheriff’s department recruits, then fleeing the scene, and then being released by authorities, according to an agency press release. The case is in the “preliminary stages,” said Lt. Jim Lewis of the CHP. CHP is the California Highway Patrol. Lewis wouldn’t comment on specifics of the case, but said he could speak about it when “the facts come out.”

The driver was identified by the CHP as Richard E. Toussaint, a 37-year-old resident of Oakland, California. The CHP released records related to this case on May 22, stating the driver was picked up in the area of West Oakland Avenue and Broadway in Oakland on May 15. The CHP said he drove to the city’s MacArthur airport, had a 20-minute conversation with an airport dispatcher, then was involved in a crash on Broadway around 9:30 a.m., where he ran a red light and crashed into 20 recruits from the sheriff’s department while traveling at 75 miles-per-hour.

Three of the recruits were taken to emergency rooms to be treated for injuries that included bumps and bruises, broken bones and a broken jaw, according to the CHP. The injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The CHP continued: “The truck continued through a red light at Market Street at the intersection with Broadway, where it struck a patrol car driven by the defendant. The truck then left the scene on foot. The defendant was able to avoid the patrol car by jumping a retaining curb and was not injured in the vehicle crash. The defendant was then located by CHP deputies in an alley behind a vacant house. The CHP transported the defendant to the hospital for a blood test. The results of the

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