Chico woman held to answer murder charges for DUI crash

A Chico woman was held to answer a second-degree murder charge as the district attorney's office said she was driving under the influence when she crashed into a vehicle and killed a man.

Posted: Jul 30, 2021 4:38 PM
Updated: Jul 30, 2021 4:40 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A Chico woman was held to answer murder charges in the Butte County Superior Court Friday, the Butte County District Attorney’s Office said.

36-year-old Nicole Schalles of Chico was held to answer second-degree murder, vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence and driving under the influence causing great bodily injury, the district attorney’s office said.

The office said Schalles was driving over 120 mph north on Highway 70 and crashed into another vehicle traveling north on Highway 70 at about 11:25 p.m. on Feb. 4.

30-year-old Dollar Vang of Olivehurst was killed when he was going to Oroville for work. Schalles’ vehicle overtook Vang’s when she was traveling back to Chico from Marysville.

Vang’s vehicle spun into oncoming traffic after being hit and was hit by a vehicle traveling southbound. Vang died from the injuries he sustained in the collision, the district attorney’s office said.

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At Friday’s preliminary hearing, District Attorney Mike Ramsey said Schalles left her home at 7:30 p.m. in Chico and went to two bars in Marysville to drink and buy drugs.

Her alcohol blood content was three times the legal limit and oxycodone was found in her system.

Schalles was convicted of a DUI in 2012. She took part in alcohol programs and level one DUI School. She said she was involved in Alcoholics Anonymous for at least 10 years before the crash, Ramsey said.

During her DUI hearing and in classes she was warned if she drives under the influence and causes death, she could be charged with murder, Ramsey said.

Superior Court Judge Michael Deems agreed with the murder charges due to the prior warning, high speed and high blood alcohol level.

Schalles will be back in court on Aug. 19 at 8:30 a.m. to set her trial date.

She is being held in the Butte County Jail with no bail.

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