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Suspected drunk driver apprehended after driving away from crash

Staff Writer
Siskiyou Daily News

A Yreka man was arrested Thursday evening after allegedly crashing into a telephone pole on Scarface Road and fleeing the area as a passenger in another car.

Montana Hendricks, 55, will likely face charges of driving under the influence and hit-and-run, said California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Shawn Gordon.

On June 11 just before 9 p.m., Yreka Communications Center received a 911 call about a silver Ford Focus that reportedly crashed into a trash can and a telephone pole on Scarface Road near Cram Gulch Road, Gordon said. The person who called 911 told the dispatcher the male driver was drunk and was injured.

CAL FIRE arrived on scene prior to CHP and attempted to render aid to the injured driver. CAL FIRE personnel advised CHP dispatch the driver was trying to flee the scene and left with another vehicle, described possibly as a black Toyota Camry, said Gordon.

Yreka CHP Officers were responding to the area when one officer noticed a high speed vehicle on Scarface Road approaching the intersection with Old Highway 99. The vehicle, a black Ford Fusion, turned north onto Old Highway 99 without stopping at the stop sign. The officer made a U-turn and made a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle for failure to stop at the stop sign, said Gordon.

“The officer quickly realized this vehicle was the same vehicle which fled the scene of the collision, and the now passenger was the injured male driver from the silver Ford Focus,” said Gordon in a press release. “The officer checked with CAL FIRE to confirm the description of the injured male driver who fled and the female driver who picked him up.”

The officer interviewed the female driver and she admitted her passenger was in fact the driver of the crashed vehicle and he had been drinking,” said Gordon. The officer interviewed Hendricks and determined he was the driver and was under the influence at the time of the crash, Gordon added.

Hendricks was placed under arrest and transported to Fairchild Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.