San Diego Detective Needs California Alcohol Class

by: Mike Miller

Police officers know the law and are paid to both follow it and enforce it. It is always sad to see one of the America’s finest make stupid decision. As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes this holds especially true for me with respect to driving under the influence violations.

A San Diego County sheriff's detective was sentenced Friday to five years probation and 90 days of home detention for two crashes that occurred while she was driving drunk last summer in Palm Desert.

Barbara Jean Crozier pleaded guilty to one count of failing to report an accident and two counts each of DUI with injury, DUI, and hit-and-run with property damage, all misdemeanors. This reported by

Part of the reason behind the seeming lenient sentence was that Crozier had done an “exemplary job” seeking treatment.

Instead of sending her to jail for 90 days, he ordered that she be monitored with an electronic ankle bracelet.

Crozier’s vehicle struck several parked cars and ran over a pedestrian's foot last August. She fled the scene.

The 48-year-old Crozier had an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her and through her own admonition she had consumed several alcoholic beverages prior to being involved in a traffic collision. A forensic chemist later estimated her blood-alcohol level at around .09.

It seems like this story will have a silver lining as she has taken a California alcohol class and is seeking counseling so that there will be no recidivism in her DUI behavior.