LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

SACRAMENTO, CA - Paul Walden, the man accused of a DUI hit and run in Carmichael, has an extensive criminal history.

California Highway Patrol officers spotted the Nissan Maxima they were looking for early Thursday morning. When they pulled the vehicle over, 31-year-old Walden was behind the wheel. He was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs as well as driving with a revoked license.

RELATED STORY: Arrest made in Carmichael hit and run

According to officers, he later confessed to being the driver that crashed into Harison Randall and Gemily West Monday night. The crash severed Harison's leg and killed all four of their Australian cattle dogs.

Sacramento County Court records detail 15 criminal charges over the past 10 years filed against Walden, those include three DUI's.

  1. 4/19/2011
    1. Charged with possession of a controlled substance (meth)
    2. Charged with Assault and Battery
  2. 10/21/2010
    1. Charged with petty theft (shoplifting at Target)
  3. 12/2/2005
    1. Charged with DUI
    2. Charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance
    3. Charged with driving on a suspended license
  4. 10/22/2003
    1. Charged with possessing with intent to distribute forfeit checks
    2. Charged with receiving stolen property
  5. 9/5/2003
    1. Charged with burglary and grand theft
  6. 3/31/2003 Charged with DUI
    1. Charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance
    2. Expired registration
  7. 1/31/2003
    1. Charged with possession of a controlled substance
  8. 7/25/2001
    1. Charged with DUI
    2. Charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance

"He should not be driving," CHP Officer Todd VanLindt said. "But unfortunately you can't take keys away from people and he can get out on the road like anybody else."

VanLindt said when Walden was arrested, he had no idea he was the main suspect in the hit and run.

"It wasn't until later that he realized that we were also questioning him about that," VanLindt said. "(Then he) said that while he was driving he saw one person walking a dog, and knew he hit something, but didn't think he hit the person. Figured just because it was a dog he wasn't going to stop and continued driving."

By Nick Monacelli, nick@news10.net

LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://on.news10.net/1dqGmAd