UPDATE: Woman Arrested for DUI After Crashing into Concord Police Patrol Vehicle

June 4, 2014 15:57 pm · 62 comments


A Concord police officer en route to an emergency call suffered minor injuries when a suspected drunk driver crashed into his patrol car this afternoon.

Police said the officer was driving north on Oak Grove Road around 12:40 p.m. with the patrol car’s emergency lights and sirens on when the driver of a Ford Fiesta made an illegal left turn in front of his car. The officer was unable to avoid the Ford and broadsided it, according to police.

The officer suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Police said the driver of the Ford Fiesta, identified as 45-year-old Margaret Collins of Concord, was uninjured in the crash.

After further investigation, officers determined that Collins had been driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

She was arrested on suspicion of DUI and taken to the Concord Police Department Jail. Police said she would be cited and released.

The investigation into the collision is ongoing.

Thanks to Casey for the picture.

RELATED STORY:PICTURE: Concord Police Officer Involved in Head-On Crash on Oak Grove Rd.

Really? June 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

How are people drunk during the day? I’m working 12-13 hours a days. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Short Term Memory June 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

At least it didn’t involve one of those infamous left turns in front of the PD.

Really? June 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

How are people drunk during the day? I’m working 12-13 hours a day. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Don June 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Broadsided? The story read “head on”. The ford has extensive front end damage. Hmmmm

Suzie June 4, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Put that stupid b***h in jail.

Subterfuge June 4, 2014 at 4:27 PM

DUI at 12:40? That’s professional grade. Obviously she was out demanding respect!

Incognito June 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Ever hear of the liquid lunch?

Clayton Resident June 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Cited and released, what kind of punishment is this. She should get huge fines, alcohol education and community service at the least

RunnerDope June 4, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Maybe they work graveyard?

Big Red June 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Probably on welfare and used her EBT for the beer. Our tax dollars hard at work…….Thanks Obama, Jerry Brown, and all of the dopes that keep voting Liberal.

Me June 4, 2014 at 4:37 PM

@Really? Really? I’ve known people who drink out of bed when they wake up.

Cathy M. June 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Talk about a ‘Dirty DUI’! Way to cover your A$$es CPD.

I wonder if the DA can gather enough June 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

evidence to try the DUI lady. But knowing how far left the DA is, he’ll blame the police. Can’t have any drunken democratic on welfare voters end up in jail for a few years.

NoMoreFreeRide June 4, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Lucky no one was hurt seriously. The lady obviously has more problems now.

Triple Canopy June 4, 2014 at 5:19 PM


Starman June 4, 2014 at 5:20 PM

The police just said she was drunk probable to protect the officer

Concord Resident June 4, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Hmm I wonder if that is the same officer who sped through the Todos Santos area earlier and almost hit my grandmother’s vehicle…

Atticus Thraxx June 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Drunk driving is not funny. Drunk driving and hitting another car is definitely not funny. That is was a cop she hit, is kinda funny.

Tom June 4, 2014 at 5:35 PM

@ Really—-1

Ever heard of alcoholism? I hope the officer is all right.

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire June 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM

a metaphor for the direction this country is going.

Ramen Noodles June 4, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Maybe its a set up.

Blink June 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

@ me
You need better friends

Glad this one might be off the road for awhile, and didn’t severely hurt anyone…yikes

Road King Terry June 4, 2014 at 6:08 PM

You never know what’s what these days…

anon June 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

“How are people drunk during the day?”


@Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire June 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM

I’ll bet you’re none of the above.

Teacher Wannabe June 4, 2014 at 6:14 PM

@#13, DA Will be all over this. He don’t take no s**t where alcohol is concerned. She may have been cited and relesed, but don’t worry, she’ll get her day in court and then steaight to the iron bar hotel or fines/classes/restrictions, etc.

hmmm June 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM
Silva June 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Ah, yes. That’s bad.

Silva June 4, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Very. very. bad.

@Really? June 4, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Breakfast of champions, cold left over pizza and warm beer.

qwerty June 4, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Only arrested on the suspicion of DUI. Not thrown in the drunk tank for 8 hrs to sober up because she was drunk and over the limit. Citizen was cited (for what? wreckless driving?) and released. She was probably under the legal limit and the cops want the ‘arrest’ as at least a partial cover story. The way the article was written you’d think the accident was avoidable, the citizen was drunk, and the cop is the innocent victim…while driving how fast over the speed limit?

Sober ? June 4, 2014 at 7:09 PM

In an hour your body can metabolize about 3/4 – 1 oz. of alcohol, that’s it.
They could have DUI checkpoints at 8 am and come up with people over the legal limit from the night before.

funny man June 4, 2014 at 7:14 PM

so the corrupt Concord PD has lost so much faith from the public that every one thinks this is a cover up and framing the driver to cover the chase-crazy, shoot-first-ignore-questions-later officers’ questionable driving skills?

maybe they can dismiss her dui charges in the interest of justice

Sawyer June 4, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Wow, some of you, can’t tell if you’re crazy or just troubled. Not everything is a conspiracy and the vast majority of the time things are just as they appear. Ease up with your TV viewing and overall media consumption. It’s beginning to impact your ability to think rationally.

anon June 4, 2014 at 8:26 PM

“she’ll get her day in court and then steaight to the iron bar hotel or fines/classes/restrictions, etc.”

no jail — community service

Anon June 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM

How fast were the Police driving down Oak Grove? That’s a Curve right there and that woman didn’t have a chance to get out of the way.
And What was the emergency that they were responding to?

Reality Slap June 4, 2014 at 9:32 PM

They say Karma will always come back to bite you in the end…..how prophetic…..get drunk, drive and run your vehicle into a cop car.

(insert name here) June 4, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Who mentioned a conspiracy Sawyer? No one. Oh wait, except you.
Projecting much?

Hey, PD…you guys need to chill on the militarization of the police force. You don’t need public demonstrations of force. You don’t need training exercises at schools and the Pavilion, or ex-military armored vehicles being donated to your fleet. It’s all getting to be a bit much. The law abiding citizen is beginning the PD (in all cities) are against them. These things lead the law abiding public to believe you’re out to ruin lives or trample on a citizens constitutional rights. We ignorant public citizens are beginning to think that all we have on the police force these days are Iraq and Afghanistan vets trained to kill, and protect their own, or cover up for their own… and that isn’t okay.

My suggestion is to scale things back a bunch. Reports like this are beginning to make people think the innocent are guilty.

Get it? Chill out with the militarization of the police force.

I hope you consider this comment with the serious, yet supportive, tone it is intended.

Concordejet June 4, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Concord Resident said
Cited and released, what kind of punishment is this. She should get huge fines, alcohol education and community service at the least

Very good point Concord Resident. She think she is getting a free ride? NOT

Concord isn't bad June 4, 2014 at 10:22 PM

#31 I’ve been on ride alongs. I’ve been on a ride along with concord. I’ve seen a drunk person get arrested she would be in the drunk tank usually into the morning. And get a ticket. And get to go. #qwerty

Teacher Wannabe June 4, 2014 at 10:29 PM

According to the story he was running with lights and siren. She ignored that and turned in front. Maybe she panicked, but if she was drunk he did nothing wrong. Why always blame the PD?

GoGo Gomez June 4, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Dee da dee

local June 4, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Not with drunk driving but I literally watch a cop cause a truck to flip on the bridge in front of me and no one asked for anything from a single witness and we had my baby in the car and it was almost us too… just sayin there are always two sides. Wondering if there were witnesses. Mine was after 10pm this was in the middle of the day there should have been plenty of witnesses

local June 4, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Qwerty you just may be right.

Qwerty June 4, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Why is someone drinking in the afternoon?

qwerty June 4, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Hey “Qwerty”, don’t steal my fake name “qwerty”. Thief!

anon June 5, 2014 at 3:33 AM

“Hey, PD…you guys need to chill on the militarization of the police force.”

You do not have a clue as to what is out there that will kill citizens & cops.

@ (insert name here) June 5, 2014 at 4:07 AM

Jesus you are an idiot.

I’m sure you would have felt right at home during the 60’s spitting on returning Vietnam vets and calling them baby killers.

Art June 5, 2014 at 4:28 AM

Maybe you would only have to work 6=8 Hrs?
If you only did stuff once.

JG June 5, 2014 at 6:50 AM

That officer passed me in center turn lane at 65 mph+ on Oak Grove.Way to fast. There is Ygnacio Valley Elmentray School right off Oak Grove.

anon June 5, 2014 at 6:51 AM

Damage was to both vehicles front ends because Police were traveling at a high rate of speed in the center turn lane. Woman made a Left turn which is Not illegal, but now that the police say so therefore it is? It could have happened to anyone due to the curve and the speed the police cruiser was traveling, be thankful it wasn’t you – It would be your word against there’s. Did she go and get a 2nd breathalyzer test?
Don’t forget about the Heinneman Citation cover up. Police will cover up for each other first and foremost.

A June 5, 2014 at 7:26 AM

I live around there, the police turned on siren for about 30 seconds when I heard three BAM sounds. Looking at the damage , shouldn’t the officer stop to let the lady make her left turn? There IS A LEFT TURN LANE on Sierra/oak grove , it’s clearly marked. The officer is at fault , thinking he can turn on the siren for 30 second and do whatever he wants. He clearly could have stopped and let the lady go then pull her over. Since the officer was existing sierra road and lady was on oak grove

Connie Dobbs June 5, 2014 at 8:05 AM

#45 Maybe it’s someone’s day off.

Anon June 5, 2014 at 8:28 AM

If she was coming off of Sierra I could see how this could happen. Because of that curve you can see too far to your left and if someone is speeding yikes!

Dr. Jellyfinger® June 5, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Well….. at least she was drunk. I mean I’d really be embarrassed to crash into a cop sober.

Moe75 June 5, 2014 at 9:40 AM

When I took my drivers ed I was taught that although a left turn may be legal as posted, it becomes an illegal turn if you do not yield to the right if way of the oncoming traffic. And seriously “A” If the PD is running lights and sirens you honestly expect them to stop the obvious emergency they are headed to in order to pull her over and give her a ticket and then continue to thier original destination? It is my thought that had the officer been able to avoid the accident (to pull her over and ticket her instead of heading to the emergency), they would have. They aren’t in the business of running into people just because. The officer probably had just turned his lights and sirens on when he received the call and it happened to be right before they stopped at impact which would explain why you thought you only heard them for a moment. I doubt anybody would be questioning this had the emergency been for them or a family member. You would be ripping apart the other driver, not the Police Officer.

Witness June 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I was right in front of St.Francis church on oak grove when two cop cars were flying on oak grove rd at that time. I’m surprised they didn’t hit a child at the cross walk. There was so much traffic at the light they were serving in and out if the lanes.

?? June 5, 2014 at 4:43 PM

@A, Any left turn made has to yield to the oncoming traffic even if there is a dedicated lane for it does not mean that we throw the rest of the traffic rules out the window. What the lady did was totally illegal at the time.

If this doesn't get her into a program June 5, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Nothing will.

Aspirin June 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Give the woman the Darwin Award. She certainly earned it.

Teacher Wannabe June 5, 2014 at 8:52 PM

@A and other anti-PD, if you hear/see lights & sirens, you are supposed to pull to the right. That’s the law. If she was in the middle, the least she should have done was to freeze and let the cop go by, not keep making a turn.

anon June 6, 2014 at 10:05 AM

The story appears to add up so far.
Let’s start with she made a left turn in front of a police car w/ sirens on.
Hard to refute with so many witnesses that time of day.
Second point; since the error was clearly on her side why would the cop need to make up a dui to clear himself?
Remember ‘with how you judge, you will be judged’. If you don’t like people assuming bad things about you don’t do it to others.

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