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Driver arrested in hit-and-run that injured 2, killed 4 dogs

July 20, 2012 |  7:56 am

 A man pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence is facing charges in a hit-and-run accident that killed four dogs and seriously injured a Northern California couple.

Harison Long-Randall and Gemily West were walking their dogs Monday evening in Carmichael when a car hit a stop sign and headed toward the couple in the crosswalk, police said.

The couple and and all four dogs were hit; the animals were killed, and Long-Randall and West were injured. The driver then took off, according to police.

Early Thursday morning, officials said, California Highway Patrol officers pulled over a Nissan Maxima driven by 31-year-old Paul William Walden on suspicion of DUI. While talking to the driver, one officer noticed the car matched the description from the hit-and-run case and was damaged, officials said.

Walden was arrested for driving under the influence, and after more questioning, he admitted to being behind the wheel during the hit-and-run Monday night, police said.

Walden is in Sacramento County Jail, facing two counts of hit-and-run, four counts of animal cruelty, a charge of driving under the influence and one of driving with a suspended driver's license.


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