VIDEO: Good Samaritan led to first arrest of mother involved in fatal DUI crash that killed 3-year-old boy


PLEASANTON (KRON) — New details have been released on the mother involved in a fatal DUI crash that led to the death of a 3-year-old boy in the East Bay.

As KRON4 reported, this is the second time in less than three months that she has been arrested for driving under the influence. And as KRON4’s Terisa Estacio reports, the first case all unfolded because of a Good Samaritan speaking up.

KRON4 News has learned that it was a concerned citizen that saw Yarenit Malihan appearing to be drunk in her white Sequoia SUV back on Jun. 7 while out at a local grocery store in Pleasanton.

The caller told police that they also saw a child in the back of the car. Pleasanton police tell KRON4 News that an officer was dispatched to the Malihan home and conducted a field sobriety test there, where she “performed poorly.”

She was given a blood test and then arrested. The district attorney has since charged the mom of three with three counts–driving while under the influence of alcohol, having a blood-alcohol level of .13, and child endangerment.

Police said her 10-year-old daughter was in the car while she was allegedly driving while intoxicated in June.

And then, on Sept. 9, Malihan was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI in an accident which 3-year-old Elijah Dunn was killed.

His mom remains in the hospital. His brother and sister were also injured.

They are expected to be OK.

In this case, CHP officials said Malihan was tested for drugs in her system, and they are awaiting toxicology reports.

On Wednesday at the Malihan home, KRON tried to talk with her friends. Sources said she has had issues with prescription drugs, but they refused to talk.

Other neighbors also declined to talk but said they feel for the Malihan family and their children.

Authorities said at the time of both DUI arrests, Malihan was behind the wheel of her white Sequoia, and DMV records show she still has a valid license.

Malihan is the wife of an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy.

Pleasanton residents said the whole matter is just a very sad case.

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