Grass Valley Police arrest Marysville woman in fatal hit and run
August 12, 2013
A woman arrested for suspicion of drunk driving early Friday in Grass Valley has been linked to a fatal hit and run earlier the same morning in Placer County.
The woman has been identified as Marsha Kay Campbell, 52, of Marysville.
Campbell allegedly hit a pedestrian on Highway 49 at Rio Oso Road just past the county line at 1:45 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
Two CHP officers responded to a report of a man lying in the middle of the road, said CHP spokesman Abe Cho.
The victim has been identified as Jacob Bessette, 31, of Penn Valley.
The suspect vehicle was described in a be-on-the-lookout advisory as being a brown or bronze Nissan with a broken left headlight and a broken left-side mirror, according to dispatch reports.
At just after 2:30 a.m., a Grass Valley Police officer was following a gold-colored Nissan Altima on Colfax Avenue near Hennessy School, heading toward town, when he noticed the driver behaving erratically, said Sgt. Steve Johnson.
The female driver was weaving in her lane and her speed was fluctuating, Johnson said, adding she also failed to stop at a stop sign.
The officer then reportedly noticed the Altima's windshield was "significantly broken," impairing the driver's vision.
After being pulled over, Campbell allegedly displayed signs of being under the influence, including slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and lack of coordination.
"She admitted to drinking beer," Johnson said.
"Based on the damage to the windshield, he did ask her what she had hit," Johnson said. "She stated she didn't know."
The officer performed a field sobriety test and took Campbell into custody on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol and driving while impaired.
Campbell opted for a blood draw, but the result are pending, Johnson said.
The officer transported Campbell to Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, had completed the booking process, and was about to leave when the BOLO advisory came out. He determined Campbell's Altima most likely was the one being sought in the fatality, and contacted the CHP.
Campbell was released to Placer County CHP officers, who booked her into Placer County Jail on suspicion of felony hit and run causing death, and driving under the influence. Her bail was set at $100,000.
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