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Fairfield Police Officers investigate the scene of a one-vehicle accident at the Parkway Gardens in Fairfield, Tuesday. The driver and the passenger were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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Police arrest 2 after suspected DUI crash at Parkway Gardens

By From page A6 | February 26, 2014

FAIRFIELD — At least two people ended up in the hospital and a mother and daughter were arrested after a car crashed headlong into a tree Tuesday at the Parkway Gardens condominium complex near the corner of El Cerrito Court and San Miguel Drive.

Fairfield police Lt. Greg Hurlbut said the silver 1990s Ford Thunderbird appeared to be heading south at approximately 3 p.m. on San Miguel Drive at high speed when it veered off the road and slammed into the tree.

The mother, Gail Massengale, a 55-year-old Fairfield resident, was found on the ground when officers responded to the scene.

Police said Massengale said she was the driver and complained of pain to her back. She was transported to NorthBay Medical Center for treatment. Massengale told officers she was driving the car when a dog ran in front of her, so she swerved and hit the tree.

The daughter, Sharae Massengale, 23, of Fairfield, told police she was a passenger and said she hurt her leg in the crash.

Hurlbut said city surveillance cameras showed the incident.

A news release later said that by watching the video, officers learned Sharae Massengale was the driver of the car and Gail Massengale had not even been in the car at the time of the crash. That same video showed several people being removed from the vehicle, Hurlbut said.

Officers went to the hospital where Gail Massengale was being treated. Police said she was interviewed and eventually admitted she lied about her involvement in the incident. She was cited and released for allegedly giving false information to a peace officer, according to the release.

With that information, officers developed probable cause to arrest Sharae Massengale on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, because a passenger in the car sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.

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  • ClintFebruary 26, 2014 - 12:52 am

    The dog came back and bit them in the butt. Great job DR and FFPD. This story makes my day. Put these cameras all over Fairfield, they are helping a lot. thx

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  • LoveFebruary 26, 2014 - 6:28 am

    3 pm?! Ugh!!! So many kids are still out walking home from the many schools that surround parkway.. I'm sure glad she hit a god damn tree before being able to leave the complex.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 26, 2014 - 7:30 am

    You wonder about crime in the area? I'd be very interested in learning more about two issues, "high speed" and "video showed several people being removed from the vehicle." So there are shooters AND drunks running around over there? Once again, too many people involved and none of them will speak up.

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  • RalphFebruary 26, 2014 - 8:41 am

    Next, time she may not be so lucky. A accident like this happened across the st. from me. That was in 2001. Grateful no kids were injured.

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  • JBFebruary 26, 2014 - 10:46 am

    Do not forget council person Bertani stated that we stand united. What is she doing to better Fairfield again? She is really making a difference. Street racing, drunk driving at 3 pm, multiple traffic fatalities. If she does run for supervisor she has my vote.

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  • mescFebruary 26, 2014 - 11:57 am

    Every politician says they want to help. I'll save my vote for some one who DOES help. Talk is easy, the walk is what counts.

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  • mescFebruary 26, 2014 - 11:53 am

    Issue a 3 day notice immediately. Get them both out of our community. DUI, driving while children are walking home from school. Where were her children ? Both Mother & Daughter were lying to the police? Thank God she hit a tree not a person. Lock them away. No sympathy. (but I do hope they seek treatment for their drinking problems)

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 26, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    Somebody do something! Call Pam or Minnie Noble and complain that ''da good ol' boys'' are at it again!

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  • JBFebruary 26, 2014 - 4:24 pm

    Do not worry Pam does not care.

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  • This is a messFebruary 27, 2014 - 6:50 am

    People are quick to assume a dui is alcohol. These two both abuse any kind of prescription pain pills from soma, oxy, xanax, Norco, valium, and the list go's on. Just about most of parkway young and old are on them. Sad story n glad no kids were hurt now that young girl better thank god her two babies weren't injured. They were the ones people vacated from the car before police arrived so she wouldn't receive child endangerment charges. This is a mess.

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