REDDING POLICE DEPARTMENT
Bill Schueller, Chief of Police
DATE April 26, 2020 TIME 3:00 a.m.
On April 25, 2020 at approximately 6:00 p.m., Redding Police Officers and Community Service Officers responded to the area of Churn Creek Road and Harpole Road for a report of a collision involving two cars with the occupants possibly injured. Upon arrival, all of the people involved were not injured but the driver of a 2008 Chevrolet Aveo that ran into the rear of a 1964 Chevrolet was believed to be driving while under the influence of marijuana. Everyone involved were wearing the seat belts.
Officers contacted Aspen Link, 21 years of age of Hayfork, CA who admitted she had been driving her car southbound on Churn Creek Road and didn’t notice the car in front of hers had slowed in preparation for an eastbound turn onto Harpole Road. Ms. Link admitted she was using her cell phone and wasn’t paying enough attention. While talking to Ms. Link, Officers noticed a heavy odor of burnt marijuana coming from her person and had her perform a series of field sobriety tests. Her performance led officers to believe she was DUI marijuana.
Ms. Link was arrested and her car impounded. During a search of her car, officers located over 3 pounds of marijuana, approximately 50 marijuana cigarettes, and cash consistent with the sales of marijuana. All items were seized. Ms. Link was transported to the hospital initially and then on to the Shasta County Jail where she was booked for Driving on a Suspended License, DUI Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana for Sales.
DUI marijuana is just as dangerous as DUI alcohol. Add the use of a cellular phone in the hands of an impaired driver, and terrible things are sure to happen. Please stop using your cellular phones while driving. And, obviously, don’t drink or use drugs and drive.
Contact: Corporal W. Williams
Redding Police Department
Reviewed: Officer J. Tracy/ID#134