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PCSO Arrests San Tan Valley Woman after She Struck a Pedestrian while she was Impaired by Alcohol and Left the Scene
 
Posted: 6/5/2014 12:00 AM
 

On Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 12:59 p.m., the Pinal County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call, reporting a hit and run collision occurred on North Gary Road south of West Hunt Highway, San Tan Valley. It was reported the vehicle (Buick Enclave) drove into a construction zone, sideswiped a water truck, then hit a construction worker, and fled the scene.

A nearby landscaper and a construction supervisor followed the suspect vehicle to North Gary Road and West Rolls Road, and blocked the vehicle from fleeing into the gated community. It was later determined this is where the driver of the vehicle lived. While waiting for responding deputies, witnesses watched the driver; Kathleen Fleetwood (age 65 of San Tan Valley) get out of the driver seat and walk to a nearby landscape bush and discard a bottle of vodka.

Witnesses estimate Fleetwood was driving 50 miles per hour southbound on North Gary Road, which has a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. She entered a marked construction zone where her vehicle drifted to the right side of the roadway, causing a sideswipe collision with a large water truck and then striking a construction worker (male age 41 from San Tan Valley), who was thrown through the air and landed underneath nearby construction equipment. The construction worker sustained serious injuries and was taken by medical helicopter to a Phoenix area hospital.

During the investigation, it was determined that Fleetwood was heavily impaired by alcohol. She was arrested and later claimed she had no memory of striking the construction worker or truck.

Fleetwood was booked into the Pinal County Jail for two counts of Aggravated Assault, Criminal Damage, Criminal Littering, Driving under the Influence of an Intoxicating Beverage, and Driving under the Influence of an Intoxicating Beverage with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or Higher. Additional criminal charges are pending.

A blood sample was obtained from Fleetwood and will be sent to the Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory to determine its blood alcohol concentration.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “When deputies first spoke with Kathleen Fleetwood they suspected she was impaired by alcohol based on her slurred speech, poor balance and heavy odor of alcohol. She was booked into jail and was able to quickly post her $10,000 bond so she could go home. The innocent victim in this case isn’t able to go home but is still in the hospital trying to recover from his injuries caused by Kathleen Fleetwood. The victim’s life will forever be changed due to the decision of Kathleen Fleetwood to get behind the wheel of her vehicle while impaired by alcohol.”

  

Public Information Officer

Jim Knupp
520.483.4502
pcsopio@pinalcountyaz.gov



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