Southern CA officer killed in crash, DUI suspected - AP State Wire News - The Sacramento Bee
VENTURA, Calif. -- Authorities say they've arrested a Santa Paula volunteer reserve police officer on suspicion of drunk driving and manslaughter following a car crash that killed a female officer.
The Ventura County-Star ( http://bit.ly/LIKQ8G) reports 44-year-old Christopher Blankenship was released from jail Monday morning on $50,000 bail.
Authorities say Blankenship was driving a Jeep Wrangler on a private road Sunday night when he apparently lost control of the vehicle, causing it to spin and roll over.
Officer Kimberley Hemminger, a five-year veteran of the department, was partially ejected and pinned under the Jeep. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other passengers suffered minor injuries.
None of the four people in the Jeep were wearing seatbelts.