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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