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Trinity County Undersheriff charged with hit and run

Published On: Aug 08 2013 02:20:08 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 08 2013 02:20:30 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

The Shasta County District Attorney's Office has filed a misdemeanor hit-and-run driving charge against Trinity County Undersheriff Kenneth Arthur Langston.

Langston was involved in a single-vehicle collision on January 7 in which Redding property was damaged. Police said he abandoned the vehicle at the scene and left, leaving many to wonder whether he was attempting to avoid a sobriety test.

Langston told officers that he did not call 911 because his cell phone was dead. He said he called a tow truck company and that they said they would call authorities.

Sergeant Jay Guterding said Langston did call AAA Towing and that they did call 911.

Officers were able to track down and interview Langston about an hour after the crash and that there were no signs that he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The date for Langston's arraignment has not been determined.

If convicted, Langston faces a maximum punishment of six months in county jail and a $1,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Redding Police Department and Investigator Kristen Blehm of the Shasta County District Attorney's Office.