Sheriff's Detective Arrested in Hit-and-Run

Crozier reassigned pending investigation

By Michael Gehlken
|  Friday, Sep 2, 2011  |  Updated 1:07 PM PDT
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Sheriff's Detective Arrested in Hit-and-Run

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A San Diego County sheriff's detective was arrested Tuesday evening after allegedly colliding with several stationary cars in a Palm Desert parking lot, driving over a pedestrian's foot, fleeing the area and crashing into a country club's water fountain while intoxicated.

Barbara Crozier was booked into the Indio jail for felony hit-and-run and driving a motor vehicle while under the influence, Riverside County sheriff's deputies said.

At about 8 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to a hit-and-run incident inside an apartment complex's parking lot at Waring Drive and Town Center.

Witnesses detailed the suspected vehicle's description and license plate number, adding that the driver was a woman.

Shortly after 11:40 p.m., deputies responded to a vehicle crash at the Marakdesh Country Club. The vehicle's driver, whom they determined to be intoxicated, matched the vehicle description and license plate number from the earlier incident.

Crozier has been reassigned pending the ongoing investigation, a San Diego County sheriff's spokeswoman confirmed Friday.

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