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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Tuesday December 19th, 2017 :: 01:46 p.m. PST


Drunk driver gets vehicle stuck on railroad tracks, endangering the life of her 6 yr old daughter & 1 other passenger

DATE/TIME: December 18, 2017 5:20 p.m.

INCIDENT: PC 273A(A) - Child Endangerment, CVC 23152 - DUI Alcohol

LOCATION: East Bound BNSF Railroad Tracks between Ice Plant Rd and Five Mile Rd, Needles, California

SUSPECT: Darby Chaney, 43 years old, resident of Needles

On December 18, 2017 at approximately 5:20 pm, deputies from the Colorado River Station/Needles Police were dispatched to a welfare check of a vehicle that was stuck on the east bound BNSF railroad tracks. Deputies arrived on scene and found a vehicle high centered on the tracks. Deputies contacted the driver of the vehicle, Darby Chaney, who displayed signs and symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. There were two other passengers in the vehicle, including Chaney's six year old daughter. A train travelling west bound, on a separate set of tracks, passed the disabled vehicle while everyone was in the car. BNSF staff had to shut down all tracks to ensure the safety of eveyone on scene.

Darby Chaney was arrested for child endangerment and driving under the influence of alcohol. She was transported to the Colorado River Station jail for booking. Chaney is being held on $100,000 to appear in the Victorville Superior Court. The child was released into the custody of Children's Family Services.

Refer: Deputy Kyle Petersen

Station: Colorado River Station

Phone No. 760-326-9200

Case No. 101700399

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
1111 Bailey Ave
Needles, CA 92363

Emergency: 9-1-1

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