Two women were arrested in Fairfield Tuesday afternoon after an alleged DUI collision in which a mother allegedly tried to cover for her daughter, police said. Police responded to the collision near San Miguel Drive and El Verano Court Tuesday afternoon after a silver Ford Thunderbird struck a tree, according to Sgt. Matt Bloesch. Fairfield resident Gail Massengale, 55, was found lying on the ground.
She told officers that she was the driver and that she had swerved into the tree after a dog ran in front of the vehicle. She was transported to the hospital after she complained of back pain, Bloesch said. Her daughter, Sharae Massengale, 23, told police she was a passenger in the vehicle and complained of a leg injury. However, when investigators watched a video of the incident captured on surveillance cameras in the area, they found that Sharae was the driver, and Gail had not even been in the car when the collision occurred, Bloesch said.
After an interview at the hospital, Gail admitted to lying about her involvement and was cited and released on suspicion of giving false information to a peace officer, Bloesch said. Investigators determined that a passenger who was in the car suffered from injuries not considered life-threatening, and arrested Sharae on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, Bloesch said.
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