The following incidents are submitted by the Quincy Area California Highway Patrol as a tentative summary pending the conclusion of the investigation(s).
DUI, Oct. 17
Fritz Meyer, 49, of Palermo was traveling westbound on Highway 70, in a 2017 Nissan Versa at a stated speed of 45 – 50 mph. It was about 1:15 p.m.
Meyer was at Rich Bar Monument, navigating the gradual right turn for westbound traffic, when his Versa drifted onto the right shoulder. The vehicle struck the dirt and rock embankment on the north shoulder. The force of the initial collision caused the Nissan to overturn onto its roof. The car continued to slide on its roof west until it came to a stop on the right shoulder and partially in the westbound lane, facing west.
The driver was able to exit his car and went to the south shoulder, where he waited for the arrival of emergency personnel. Upon CHP arrival, an investigation was completed and Meyer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a combination of drugs and alcohol.
Meyer related he had been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision. He suffered minor injuries.
Injury accident, Oct. 20
At approximately 4 p.m., two female juveniles, both of Quincy were traveling in a 1999 Polaris Sportsman down Mistletoe Lane heading southbound from Highview Drive.
The driver related she was traveling at about 20 to 30 mph prior to the crash. She stated that as she was navigating a sharp left hand corner in the roadway, something distracted her and she looked away for a moment. When she looked back to the road, she realized she had turned too sharply to the left and was about to go down a steep embankment.
As the quad left the road, both juveniles were ejected from the seat of the quad into its path. The Polaris struck both juveniles and continued down the embankment before coming to rest in the brush on all four tires.
Following the collision, the juveniles returned home and were transported to Plumas District Hospital in Quincy by one of their grandfathers. The passenger was transported by Care Flight to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno for treatment of moderate injuries. The driver, who had sustained minor injuries, was released later that night. Both parties had been wearing helmets at the time of the accident.
Hit and run, Oct. 25
At about 7:25 p.m., Karen Ausmus, 57, of Crescent Mills was backing her 1991 Ford west on private property at 4442 Main St. in Taylorsville. Ausmus allowed the rear of her vehicle to collide with the front right of a parked 2004 GMC Envoy that was facing east at 4442 Main St. Following the collision, the driver fled the scene traveling westbound on Main Street from Taylorsville.
No one was injured. This traffic collision is under further investigation.