Detective's Photo Released After Her Arrest in Palm Desert

Barbara Jean Crozier, a sheriff's detective assigned to the Santee station, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and injuring a person.

Authorities have released a booking photo of a drunken driving suspect in Palm Desert, who is a detective at the Sheriff's Department's Santee station.

Barbara Jean Crozier, 47, was booked into Riverside County jail Aug. 31 on suspicion of DUI with personal injury, DUI with injury and DUI with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more with injury.


She was arrested following a crash into a water fountain at the Marrakesh Country Club, 47-000 Marrakesh Drive, at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Deputies investigating that crash matched the vehicle description and license plate number to a vehicle that had earlier in the evening careened through an apartment complex and clipped a number of vehicles, running over a woman's foot in the process, according to sheriff's officials.

That incident took place at about 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at a complex on Fred Waring Drive and Town Center Way, sheriff's Sgt. Joe Borja said.

According to sheriff's records, Crozier was released on bond for $50,000 bail the day of her arrest and was ordered to appear in court Nov. 2.

According to the San Diego County sheriff's personnel office, Crozier is assigned to the Santee substation. Her current status with the department was not immediately known.

Julie Pendray and City News Service contributed to this report.

Kathy September 07, 2011 at 01:59 AM
I would certainly hope that she would be terminated by the Sheriff's Dept. She could of killed many and should be treated no different then any other criminal. Hopefully, while she sits behind bars for a few years, they can treat her alcoholism, as well. A drunk driver is no different then someone taking a loaded gun and just starts shooting randomly, maybe someone is killed and maybe not. Unfortunately, the drunk driver is rarely hurt or killed, it is the innocent victim.
tom Comeau September 07, 2011 at 02:56 PM
I agree, she should be terminated at the very least and will quite likely receive more punishment following her trial. Not mentioned in the charges against this deputy was an apparent "leaving the scene of an accident" charge for the previous incident. She indeed could "have" injured someone, I don't know about the she could "of".
Motivated Santee Citizen September 07, 2011 at 07:28 PM
She did injure someone. She ran over a woman's foot with her car. Just as easily could have ran over the rest of the woman and not ust her foot. I believe Police Officers should be held to a higher standard as they are supposed to be the example that the rest of society follows. This rarely if ever happens and in fact they usually get off with little punishment or no punishment at all. I don't think that will be the case here though. I don't believe she will receive any more punishment than if she were a civilian and not a Deputy. She will most likely be terminated from her police job. I want to know why we, the good citizens of Santee were stuck with her after she got in trouble in Ramona? We obviously don't want officers like this in our city. Don't think for a moment that the dept was not aware of her drinking issues. It is common knowledge that this is a big problem in this line of work. Things like this happen when you give the power of God to mere humans. Most can't handle it and it goes to their heads. Above the law syndrome is what I have named it.
Kathy September 07, 2011 at 07:50 PM
MSC, I think she was transferred to the Santee Station, as her last chance. I have heard that when the Law Enforcement Departments have problem with one of their officers, they transfer them to another station, warning them, this is their last chance. Personally, if I was the woman, who's foot was run over, I would be holding the Sheriff's Dept responsible, as she should of had her license revoked, a long time ago. I so agree, that they should be held to a higher standard but like you said, most the time, unless the media brings attention to it, they brush it under the carpet. This is too much dirt, this time, to brush under the carpet.
Motivated Santee Citizen September 07, 2011 at 09:58 PM
That's great thinking on the part ot the Sheriff's dept. Let's put the trouble making officers in one of the stations with the lowest crime rates instead of one that has a high crime rate. People move here to get away from stuff like this. I thought the Sheriff's dept was going to get lucky and not get caught up in the media mess that San Diego PD, Chula Vista PD and another dept I can't remember right off hand has been dealing with over the misconduct of some of their officers. I guess I was wrong, and to add insult to injury, the offending officer is stationed in Santee. As for having her license revoked. If she needs that to happen, she should also be terminated as an officer in my opinion. I know that another unnamed dept's officers can have two DUI convictions without being terminated. I don't know about the Sheriff's Dept's policies on that matter. It is rather disturbing to think she is right in our midst. How can she investigate crime correctly as a detective in the frame of mind that she is in? This all goes to show that officers are just humans and not the gods that some think they are. A little humility when would go a long way in that job. You are right about this one being too much dirt to make go away. I have a feeling that more dirt will be found in the coming days.
Boriqua September 08, 2011 at 05:39 PM
The proper use of the English grammar is apparently a lost art, but clearly speculation and assumption are not.
Kathy September 08, 2011 at 06:26 PM
It is what it is, it couldn't be more obvious. If you drink and drive, go to jail. If you drink and drive and run over someone, go to jail. Where is the Speculation or assumption?
Dionna September 08, 2011 at 07:04 PM
I believe Jodi is referring to the assumptions being made about the subject's state of mind and the inner-workings of the Sheriff's Office. Motivated Santee Citizen has diagnosed her with "above the law syndrome;" no doubt as a result of his psychiatric credentials. He also apparently has a lot of first-hand knowledge about IA issues at all of our nearby law enforcement agencies.
Dave Patterson September 08, 2011 at 07:37 PM
I am certain that the judge and/or jury takes into account all the factors involved, including previous record..etc. If the problem is alcoholism, it is a powerful addiction, like smoking cigaretts, and needs to be treated appropriately. We are all human and all need a helping hand at times. Regarding her ability to hold a job at the Sherriff, that's a difficult issue.
Doug Curlee September 08, 2011 at 08:28 PM
i don't know the woman.. in fact, don't think i've ever seen her..and that's unusual, because i know a LOT of the sheriff's personnel of that age group.. but that said, i seem to remember something from a long ago civics and government class.. and from several law classes..about innocent until proven guilty.. maybe we all ought to coil up the lynching ropes and put them back in the garage until we see the outcome.. doug
Boriqua September 09, 2011 at 01:36 PM
I absolutely agree Doug. Come on people--enough already. I hope you presumptuous folks are never asked to sit on a jury. Last time I checked we are all innocent until proven guilty. That is why she is referred to as a "suspect" vice "convict."
Boriqua September 09, 2011 at 01:38 PM
I find it funny that Kathy always has something to say about the crime postings and I can't help but wonder as to your actual profession since you have such strong opinions and pretend to be knowledgeable about everthing.
Kathy September 09, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Jodi, what does my profession have to due with this woman, who's job is to enforce the law and chooses to get behind the wheel of a car, DRUNK? I have and will have absolutely, NO compassion or acceptance for ANYONE choosing to get behind the wheel of a car, DRUNK. If you choose to tolerate someone, especially a law enforcement officer, driving while intoxicated, then that is your opinion but I don't think it is fair for you to condemn me for my opinion.
Sarah October 07, 2011 at 03:48 AM
She was arrested under suspicion. Still innocent until proven guilty!
Motivated Santee Citizen October 07, 2011 at 03:54 AM
What is the latest with this case?
Laurie November 01, 2011 at 10:41 PM
Could have--not 'could of' Different than--not 'different then' Then does not equal than You have too many commas and they are not in the right places. I can't tolerate bad grammar, spelling, or punctuation. I can tolerate a peace officer having a breakdown. I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. Ms. Crozier is a good person, caught in a bad situation. She now needs to pick herself back up. Hopefully she will gain sobriety and change professions.
Charles November 01, 2011 at 10:58 PM
Laurie, I can't stand people who protect and condone DRUNK DRIVERS. There is NO doubt in my mind that this was NOT her FIRST offense of Driving under the influence of alcohol. Anybody who drinks and drive is NOT a good person, they endanger everyone on the road, including them self. Unfortunately, the Drunk Drivers usually survive without injury or death in an auto accident and the innocent bystanders are critically injured or killed. Barbara Crozier WAS an employee of the Sheriff's Department is to set an example of the Law, NOT BREAK IT. It's funny how you care more about my grammar, then Drunk Driver Criminal driving on our public streets. You need to re-evaluate your priorities.
tom Comeau November 02, 2011 at 12:51 AM
How precious! We have apologist for drunk police officers. Shake it off folks; it's not as if police are conscripted into service, It is, after all, a volunteer organization. Before someone, anyone sets out to enforce the laws, he/she must be a model of law abiding citizen. Unfortunately, too many who join the police ranks are just power hungry individuals or people with a built-in bullying streak. Some even feel that the laws are written for everyone else, like the current case involving ICE thugs invading a home without warrant or probable cause and stating that "this is where my warrant comes from" as he grabs his genitals. The cops are NOT your friends despite what you were taught in grade school. Notice who the cops are protecting in all of the cities with Occupiers protesting the status quo. Form your own conclusions.


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