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Questions Arise about Riverside Police Chief's Solo Car Crash

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After telling people not to drink and drive Super Bowl weekend, Riverside Police Chief Russ Leach on Monday crashed his own city-owned car into a fire hydrant, leading people to believe he was the one driving impaired. Today he blamed medication for making him "disoriented," but suspicions surfaced earlier this week when the city was hush-hush about the incident. They said it was a non-injury collision, but it put him on medical leave. Additionally, the California Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash, was told about the crash a day and a half later. Leach had his own officers take the report and no suspicion of impairment was noted.