Arrest Made in Hit and Run at Garfield/Engle Intersection

CHP: Paul Walden struck couple walking their dogs Monday in Carmichael.

A North Highlands man has been arrested in connection with a gruesome at the intersection of Engle Road and Garfield Avenue in Carmichael, California Highway Patrol officers announced.

Police arrested Paul William Walden, 31, at about 1:20 a.m. this morning, during an enforcement stop on Bainbridge Drive at Salazar Drive on a 1987 Nissan Maxima after working with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department to identify Walden as having a vehicle matching a description provided by witnesses of the hit and run collision.

At about 10 p.m. Monday, Gemily West, 23, of Carmichael and Harison Long-Randall, 21, of Grass Valley were walking dogs in the crosswalk on Garfield when a motorist in a metallic light brown 1986 or 1987 Nissan Maxima, driving southbound struck a stop sign pole and then the group. Long-Randall and West remain in Mercy San Juan Medical Center and the four dogs were killed.

While talking to Walden, officers observed damage consistent with the collision damage, CHP officials said.

Walden was arrested during the enforcement stop for driving under the influence, according to a CHP news release.  He was later interviewed by CHP investigators and admitted to being the driver of the 1987 Nissan Maxima at the
time of the hit and run collision

Walden was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on two counts of felony hit and run, four counts of felony animal cruelty, misdemeanor driving under the influence and driving on a suspended driver’s license, according to the release.

Meanwhile, a fund to help with medical expenses for West and Long-Randall has been established through The Sacramento Bee.

The address for donations is:

Pam Dinsmore
Community Affairs Director
The Sacramento Bee
2100 Q St.
Sacramento, CA 95816


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Andrew Gayner July 19, 2012 at 06:59 PM
C. Howard July 19, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Great job law enforcement!
Wendi July 19, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Roberta Fuss July 20, 2012 at 01:50 PM
thank you Lord!!!!! glad the DB was caught and will go to the slammer!!!!
Victor Calderon July 23, 2012 at 07:12 PM
The latest on the case: http://carmichael.patch.com/articles/one-hit-and-run-victim-released-from-hospital-suspect-in-court-today


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