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DUI suspect from gas station crash is former BPD officer

DUI suspect from gas station crash is former BPD officer

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Police Sgt. Joe Grubbs said Tuesday that a suspected drunk driver who severely injured a woman while she pumped gas is a former police officer.

DUI suspect Kristofer Randall Carter, 31, served as a police officer from July 2006 to March 2012, according to the city's Human Resources Division.

The crash at the Shell gas station just north of the airport happened midday Monday.

The California Highway Patrol said Carter was driving his pickup west on Merle Haggard Drive at a "high-rate" of speed when he drove onto the roadway median, ran over bushes, sped through red lights at both Pegasus Drive and Highway 65, jumped a curb onto the Shell gas station property and plowed through protective barriers and a gas pump before crashing into 20-year-old Leann Katherine Harris' SUV.

The CHP said "the force of the impact launched Ms. Harris (who was standing outside her SUV pumping gas) and a second gas dispenser several feet north ..."

Harris' passenger, a 17-year-old girl whose name was withheld, was not injured, the CHP said.

Carter also didn't suffer injuries, according to the CHP. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and hit-and-run, the CHP said.

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