Satinerjit Singh Bali, 50, from Fresno spread fear amongst drivers on Highway 99 at around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, as he wove in and out of traffic, hitting car after car, 11 in total yet the number is set to rise.
Satinerjit Singhs drug-fueled rampage, spanning from Madera to Fresno, was put to an end after Good Samaritans chased and held him down until he could be arrested. When Bali was taken to the Fresno County Jail, he was only charged with misdemeanours.
As far as officers knew, he’d only damaged property. Per California law, officers waited four hours for Bali to sober up, and let him go. Since he was only arrested for a misdemeanor, no bail was needed.
But now, California Highway Patrol Officer Gregorio Rodriguez says those charges will change.
A driver and her passenger started feeling pain the day after Bali slammed into them, and that’s all CHP needs to charge Bali with a felony.
“Any pain. It’s just any pain. I believe she had a concussion. There’s some stuff going on – a complaint of pain in the back from both parties. So that would definitely bump it up for the District Attorneys to be involved,” Rodriguez explained.
That means for that particular collision, Bali will be charged with a a felony hit-and-run and felony DUI.
Officer Rodriguez says he understands why people are upset, but there isn’t much that law enforcement can do.
“It could have been a lot worse, right? We could have had a multi-car pile-up based on something as simple as someone side-swiping a car. I understand the public’s outrage, but our hands are tied. We can only do what we can do. now it’s our part to write a good report, make sure those charges stick.”
The initial D.U.I. charge was based on the responding officer’s observations and field tests.