INDIO, CA (April 13, 2023) – Melinda Leigh Haley was charged with suspicion of DUI and attacking a police officer in Palm Springs. She is 25 years old and lives in Desert Hot Springs. She was charged with three counts of assaulting an officer, one count of driving under the influence, and one count of battery on an officer. She will go to court on Thursday.
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The police were called to South Palm Canyon Drive in the early hours of Tuesday morning. They found Haley in the driver’s seat of her car, which was facing the wrong way and partly off the road. The police think she was driving the car while drunk, and they also found out that she had lost her driver’s license and was on probation for a previous DUI.
The police tried to arrest Haley, but she resisted. She hit an officer with her head and tried to kick out the windows of the police car. She also spat on some officers who were trying to hold her down, and later on, emergency medical staff who were trying to check if she was hurt.
Haley is now in custody at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, and she has to pay $10,000 to be released on bail. The police chief said that it is very frustrating to see someone who has been caught for DUI before continuing to break the law and endanger other people’s lives. According to court records, Haley has not been convicted of any crimes in Riverside County before.
Liability In Indio DUI Car Accidents
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 23152, “(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.” Even small amounts of alcohol can substantially impair drivers in the following ways:
- Delayed reaction times
- Loss of muscle control
- Impaired judgment
- Lowered alertness
The family of any victim that has been injured or killed in a collision with a drunk driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury or wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Melinda Leigh Haley’s DUI and Assault
We at Accident News Now extend our well wishes to the police officer who was attacked by Melinda Leigh Haley in this incident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
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