VISTA, Calif. (AP) — A retired Newport Beach policewoman has been sentenced to nine years in prison for a drunken-driving crash that killed one person and injured three in San Diego County.
U-T San Diego reports 51-year-old Katherine Ann Heinzel of Winchester cried on Friday when a judge denied a recommendation to place her on probation.
Heinzel was arrested November 2011 on Interstate 15 in Fallbrook after she rear-ended a car. Both cars went through a guardrail and down a 352-foot hill.
The other driver, 20-year-old Davieonne Kelly of Perris, died at the scene. Two of his passengers and Heinzel were hurt.
Heinzel investigated traffic collisions, including drunken driving collisions, when she was a Newport Beach police officer from 1986 to 1994.
She was a private investigator at the time of the crash.
Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com
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