Carmichael hit, run suspect appears in court

6:52 PM, Jul 23, 2012   |    comments
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Paul William Walden arrested in connection with Carmichael hit and run.

SACRAMENTO, CA - While a hit and run victim recovers at the hospital, the alleged hit and run driver appeared in court Monday.

Paul William Walden, 31, appeared stoic, showing very little emotion in court. He's accused of plowing into a Carmicheal couple as they walked their dogs last week. The crash seriously injured Gemily West, 23, and her boyfriend Harrison Long-Randall, 21.

"Even here today, it shows again he couldn't even make eye contact with us, he has no remorse and he just doesn't care," Gemily West's brother Trevor West said.

"I just can't believe that the guy did not have even a tear in his eye, when he walked out, he just walked out like it's just another day," Harrison Randall's sister Mary Beth Randall said.

Judge Tami R. Bogert explained several charges Walden faces. Walden had been arrested three times previously on DUI charges. Investigators said he was driving under the influence at the time of hit and run crash. He faces two felony counts of hit and run, four counts of cruelty to animals and misdemeanor counts of DUI and driving on a suspended license.

Walden was being held on $135,000 bail. On Monday, Bogert switched it no bail because Walden allegedly violated his probation in a prior case, which included charges of drug possession and battery.

"I couldn't believe all the charges, there's a laundry list a mile long, it's just incredible, I didn't realize how many charges the guy had. Wow," Harrison Randall's father Chris Randall said.

The family spoke of one hopeful sign. Gemily West is now home recovering. She was just released from the hospital, but her recovery is going slow.

"Gemily is doing a little better, having a hard time coping with the loss of her dogs," Trevor West said.

Harrison Randall lost his leg in the crash. He is still in critical condition in Mercy San Juan Hospital.

Walden's arraignment hearing was continued for Wednesday morning.


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