California man on horseback struck by drunk driver in hit-and-run

A man is in custody for driving under the influence after allegedly hitting a man riding a horse in Santa Rosa, California, and leaving the scene.

Police say Troy Hale, 20, hit the victim just before 2 a.m. Sunday in the 3700 block of Old Redwood Highway. The victim sustained significant injuries and is in critical condition at a local hospital. The horse was transported away from the scene by the victim’s associates.

The unidentified victim was associated with a group of other horseback riders and walkers who were taking part in a march for the Virgin of Guadalupe, according to a news release. The total number of people involved was in excess of 100. The march started in west Santa Rosa and continued toward Windsor.

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SRPD officers located the suspect’s vehicle parked at an address in north Santa Rosa. Officers then contacted the suspect at the residence, identified as Hale of Santa Rosa.

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A search warrant was issued for Hale’s vehicles and residence. Officers executed the service of the search warrant and located suspected fentanyl pills and cocaine, which appeared to be possessed for the purpose of sale. Ammunition was also located.

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Hale was on pretrial release at the time of this incident for possessing a loaded firearm in public from a prior arrest in July 2021. A condition of his pretrial release is not to possess ammunition or firearms.

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Hale was arrested and booked into the Sonoma County Jail for felony violations of hit-and-run, DUI, violation of pretrial release, and possession of narcotics for sale.
 
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact SRPD through their online tip line at www.srcity.org/CrimeTips.

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