The following incidents are submitted by the Quincy Area California Highway Patrol as a tentative summary pending the conclusion of the investigation(s).
DUI, Aug. 13
At approximately 10:20 p.m., Drew Mayer, 27, of Montgomery Creek, was traveling westbound on Highway 70, just west of Old Highway East, in a 1999 Ford F-250. He was transporting one passenger. Mayer related his rate of speed was about 55 mph.
He was navigating a sharp right turn when he saw a buck run down the embankment to his right. Mayer swerved left, then right and lost control as the truck began to drift westbound, facing north. The front of the F-250 collided with the dirt embankment on the north side of the road. The initial impact caused the truck to overturn onto its roof. It landed back on its wheels before colliding with the guardrail on the south side of the road. Following the collision, the vehicle came to rest on the south shoulder, facing east on all four tires.
Both parties were able to exit the truck and stayed on the south shoulder until emergency services arrived. Mayer related he was not ejected from the truck, but had not stayed in his seat while the truck was rolling.
Following an investigation, Mayer was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
The driver sustained major road rash on his back and left bicep. His passenger had no visible injuries and did not claim any problems as result of this collision. Mayer was transported by Careflight to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno due to his injuries. Both parties claimed to be wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision.
Bicycle accident, Aug. 14
At about 10:34 a.m., Patrick Cannon, 80, of Clio, was riding his white Trek Carbon 400 bicycle westbound on the north asphalt shoulder of Highway 70, just east of Meadow Way in Portola, at an undetermined rate of speed. For reasons not yet determined, the bicycle overturned onto its left side, onto the north shoulder of the roadway. Cannon’s left side and head collided hard with the asphalt surface.
The rider sustained major injuries to his head and left arm. He was transported by Eastern Plumas Ambulance to Eastern Plumas Health Care in Portola for treatment.
DUI, Aug. 18
Theresa DeStAubin, 52 of Greenville, was driving her friend’s 2011 silver Ford Edge northbound on Highway 89, north of Old Haun Road, at a stated speed of 55 mph. It was about 9:49 a.m.
According to the CHP report, she was under the alleged influence of alcohol. Due to her level of intoxication, DeStAubin allowed her vehicle to drift off the roadway and onto the east dirt shoulder. The car then traveled down an embankment beyond the shoulder, hitting vegetation and numerous bushes on its way. The vehicle struck a very large Ponderosa pine tree and sheered off two moderately sized oak trees. One of these impacts deployed the front airbags on the Edge.
The Ford came to rest on its wheels facing north about 40 feet east of the roadway in a forested area. A person outside of a cabin in the immediate vicinity heard the collision and called 911 to report the accident within 45 seconds.
The driver had been wearing her seat belt. That fact, coupled with the airbag deployment, saved DeStAubin from serious injury. She was treated for moderate injuries at Seneca Healthcare District in Chester. She was also arrested.
Major injury accident
Jose Rivas, 46, of Portola, was driving a 2007 Toyota northbound on Beckwourth Calpine Road (County Road A23), approaching Calpine Road. He was transporting four passengers, including two minors, also of Portola.
At about 2:22 p.m., the vehicle drifted onto the northbound shoulder at which point the driver attempted to steer back onto the road. Rivas overcorrected and lost control of the Toyota as the vehicle veered into the southbound lane and then swerved back across the northbound lane and onto the northbound shoulder. The vehicle collided with a fence and overturned, eventually coming to rest on its roof.
It does not appear that any occupants were utilizing proper restraints and multiple occupants were ejected during the collision.
The driver and three passengers, including one juvenile, sustained major injuries. Two people were transported to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno by air ambulance. Two additional occupants were also transported to Renown by ground ambulance. A young female juvenile was medically evaluated at the scene and released to a family member who had responded to the accident.
Rivas was determined to have been driving under the influence of alcohol and was arrested at the scene, but was released to medical personnel for care to his known and suspected injuries.