San Diego Police Officer David Hall Under Investigation
1:45 AM, Apr 13, 2011
A San Diego police officer is suspected of being in a hit-and-run crash and driving under the influence.Sources told 10News SDPD Officer David Hall was off-duty and driving a brown GMC Yukon SUV on the onramp to northbound Interstate 805 just north of Murray Ridge Road on Feb. 22 at about 7:30 p.m. He then crashed into a gray Chevrolet Suburban but kept driving north onto I-805.
Sources told 10News Hall consented to a breathalyzer test outside his Linda Vista home. 10News was told Hall blew three times the legal limit.As for the hit-and-run allegations, one police source told 10News that Hall told investigators he stopped to check on the woman in the Suburban and left only after she told him she was ok.10News went to Hall's Linda Vista home to get his side of the story, but he was not home.The San Diego Police Department acknowledged Hall is the subject of an internal review and the district attorney's office is reviewing the case. However, the department would not say why Hall was not arrested.Paul Neuharth, a former police officer who is now a criminal defense attorney, gave this reason."If in this case the officer suspected of being involved in this was out of the vehicle at his home and no one identified him as being the driver of the motor vehicle, they're left with his car being the suspect vehicle [and] him being a suspect but nobody being able to positively identify him as the driver. That would really complicate a prosecution on this," he said.Neuharth said if Hall is found guilty of the hit and run alone, that could cost him his job.Hall is the fourth San Diego police officer facing legal trouble in recent months.Roel Tungcab was arrested in March on suspicion of domestic violence.Also in March, Anthony Arevalos was arrested and accused of fixing tickets in exchange for sexual favors.In February, Art Perea quit the police force amid a rape investigation.