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Mount Shasta man overturns Jeep, runs from scene, gets DUI

Skye Kinkade
Kyler Jacob Williams

Spread of fire from an overturned vehicle driven by a 20 year-old man suspected of being intoxicated was quickly stopped on WA Barr Road Thursday afternoon.

Mount Shasta resident Kyler Jacob Williams and a passenger fled the scene of the Aug. 11 accident, but Williams was later arrested, said Mount Shasta California Highway Patrol officer Jason Schalow.

Williams was also recently arrested for obstructing a peace officer and battery of a peace officer, as well as possession of a billy club, alprazolam and nitrous oxide, when he was stopped on May 22 for speeding by Sheriff Jon Lopey, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office.

Williams will appear in court for both cases on Oct. 7, according to Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus.

During his arraignment on Friday, over the objection of Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Lewis, Judge Karen Dixon released Williams without bail on his own recognizance, Andrus said. He was ordered to obey all laws and completely refrain from alcohol consumption.

On Thursday just after 3:30 p.m., Williams was driving eastbound on WA Barr, near North Shore Road at about 50 miles per hour when he made an “unsafe turning movement,” struck a dirt embankment and overturned the 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving, Officer Schalow said.

The Jeep subsequently caught on fire, but Williams and his passenger were able to exit the vehicle, Schalow said, and left the scene in another car.

Vegetation was threatened, but quick response by local agencies prevented its spread, Schalow said.

After investigation, Williams was located at a Mount Shasta residence. Officers reported Williams was “combative” when arrested and when receiving medical treatment.

He was booked into Siskiyou County Jail and charged with DUI with injury, leaving the scene of an accident, obstructing an executive officer and battery on a peace officer, according to Siskiyou County Superior Court documents.

Mount Shasta City Fire Department volunteers douse a car on fire which was threatening vegetation on Mount Shasta's WA Barr Road on the afternoon of Aug. 11, 2020.