Former Riverside Police Chief Avoids Jail Time After Pleading Guilty to DUI

As Sam previously wrote, former Riverside Chief Russ Leach was charged with misdemeanor DUI a month after he crashed his state-owned car into a fire hydrant.

Riverside Police Chief Russ Leach

“Former Riverside Police Chief Avoids Jail Time After Pleading Guilty to DUI.” (photo credit:

Sam wrote that if found guilty, he could be jailed up to 6 months.

Well, looks like that isn’t going to happen.

Not only will he not be jailed for 6 months, it looks like he avoided any jail time altogether.

Leach pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor dui count and the prosecutors agreed to drop the other charges against him.

His DUI penalties would be one year probation, 30 days in a work-release program and enrollment in an alcohol abuse program.

Kind of a disappointment, a police chief who is supposed to enforce these laws violated it and even tried to cover it up by saying it was due to medication.

Medication? Right…..

Probably took it with the 11 drinks he had in the strip club he was in before the crash.

Now he gets a slap in the wrist for punishment.

I’m sure a lot of people are disappointed.

But what can we do, it is his first DUI offense and there really are no aggravating factors to warrant more punishment except for the fact that he is a former police chief.

One thing’s for sure, this does not help in any way discourage other people from driving drunk.

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