Woman arrested in I-680 crash that killed toddler cited for new public intoxication

DA's office still reviewing San Ramon case from September

Yarenit Liliana Malihan, the Pleasanton resident arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter after a fatal crash on Interstate 680 in September, was taken into custody in Pleasanton for public intoxication on Friday afternoon.

Malihan, 40, was booked at Santa Rita Jail and released around 1 a.m. Saturday, according to Pleasanton Police Department Lt. Kurt Schlehuber.

Schlehuber said officers responded to the intersection of Bernal Avenue and Sunol Boulevard shortly after noon Friday and found Malihan "extremely intoxicated."

"Like we do with most people that are that intoxicated, we treated it as a medical case," Schlehuber said.

Malihan was taken to Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton for treatment. But just before 2 p.m., police received a call that she had walked away from the emergency room before she was done being treated, according to Schlehuber.

A short while later, police found Malihan at the corner of Owens Drive and West Las Positas Boulevard near the hospital and arrested her on suspicion of public intoxication, according to the lieutenant. She was taken back to the hospital for further treatment, then booked into Santa Rita Jail.

Malihan was issued a citation, which Schlehuber said is "pretty common" for a public intoxication charge. Pleasanton police have forwarded the case to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for review.

Most public intoxication cases are not charged, Schlehuber said.

Malihan has not been charged in the I-680 crash in San Ramon that killed 3-year-old Elijah Dunn on Sept. 9.

The Contra Costa County DA's office began reviewing that case in January. Deputy district attorney Derek Butts said in an email Tuesday that he is hopeful a filing decision could be made "within a couple of weeks."

According to the initial crash report from the California Highway Patrol, Malihan's Toyota Sequoia slammed into the back of a black Toyota Camry parked on the shoulder of northbound I-680 near Bollinger Canyon Road, killing Dunn and injuring his mother, brother and sister.

Malihan, who was reported at the time of the crash to be married to an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy, was sentenced in a separate DUI case in December.

Malihan pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI and child cruelty charges for reportedly driving while intoxicated with her daughter in the car in June. She was sentenced in Alameda County Superior Court to three years probation, with 106 days credit for time served in jail. She was also required to pay roughly $2,200 in fines, ordered to take online parenting classes and told not to drink "to excess," according to court records.


9 people like this
Posted by Hitpiece
a resident of San Ramon
on May 16, 2017 at 11:36 pm

And the hits just keep on coming. What is she going to do for an encore!

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Alamo
on May 17, 2017 at 6:49 am

Once again the system has failed us!

"Like we do with most people that are that intoxicated, we treated it as a medical case," Schlehuber said.

I completely agree with Schlehuber it is a medical case. The state of California recognizes alcoholism as a mental illness called the disease of a addiction. No where in her first charges back in June was there any mandated recovery program requirements and I read nothing of her license being suspended. Having a drivers license is a privilege not a constitutional right. If this were truly treated as a medical case as stated there would (should) have been treated requirements for obtaining her License back. It may have (no guarantees) prevented the future tragedy in September where now more lives are shattered. Harsher punishments do not work with alcohol and drug related cases, history has already shown us this. However with the amount of drug and alcohol related crimes it is easier for us just to put them behind walls ignoring the problem until it affects us directly. So who is responsible for the accident in September? I believe it to be a community issue, where we all hold some level of responsibility for, not for the accident or death but for how we neglected to handle the situation back in June. We did not provide her with all the resources available she needs to get well and recover from her disease. Not only that we allowed her to keep her license after exhibiting alcoholic behavior without any treated plan.

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Posted by Katie
a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2017 at 8:26 am

This is so awful. She killed a child and she is still out and about! I can not imagine being the family that has had to watch her live free while they live with the pain and sadness, only to see she's caught again that drunk. Why has it taken soooo long, does she matter more than the family that went through this horrible accident? So tired of hearing there is a process, because clearly it's a party until they slowly find the time to deal with your case. Clean up the system, LIKE NOW.

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Posted by Longtime resident
a resident of San Ramon
on May 17, 2017 at 2:37 pm

"Resident" has a bad case of liberal fuzzy thinking: "we all hold some level of responsibility for, not for the accident or death but for how we neglected to handle the situation back in June. We did not provide her with all the resources available she needs to get well and recover from her disease.

Here's the reality:

#1. The District attorney's office failed to act expeditiously to charge her and remove this menace from the community (lock her up). Allowing an individual to roam freely with access to drugs & alcohol is another tragedy waiting to happen.

#2. If there is a failure of the community, it is to elect a district attorney that allows the "wheels of justice" to turn so ridiculously slow.

#3. There are numerous "rehab centers" in the area that this individual can check into at her expense after she serves her jail time. She then should not be allowed to drive until successfully completing 5 years of random drug & alcohol tests after completing jail & rehab.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of San Ramon
on May 18, 2017 at 7:59 am

For some context this woman has been on pills during her two DUI arrests, the second of which killed a child. As for the failed system, her husband is a police officer so of course she knows all the tricks for keeping her license and staying out of jail while the DA considers charging his colleague's wife. Also note that the pills she has been on in the past were legally prescribed.

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