By Carlos Padilla
An Arrey man is facing criminal charges following a crash involving two vehicles in southern Sierra County earlier this month. Jose Luis Villa, 22, has been charged with aggravated refusal (second offense) driving under the influence as well as leaving the scene of an accident.
Just before 6:45 p.m., Monday, Aug. 11, Sierra County Sheriff’s officials were dispatched to State Highway 187 near Milepost 14, where a two-vehicle crash was reported. As Corporal Joel Trejo and Deputy Dale Harrison responded to the scene of the crash, Central Dispatch operators alerted the responding officials that one of the drivers had fled the scene on foot.
Upon arrival on scene, Corporal Trejo noted the presence of a white Buick SUV with heavy damage to the rear end parked on the side of the roadway. A firefighter on scene told Trejo that the second vehicle had come to a stop approximately 100 yards away in a cornfield, and that the driver from that vehicle had taken off on foot toward the Rio Grande.
Trejo drove toward the river and then exited his vehicle to locate the suspect driver on foot.
A short time later, the operator of a red Ford pickup told Trejo that a number of people had the suspect driver detained. Trejo states that he saw several men on top of another man, trying to hold him down. Trejo states that the man being detained had mud on his face, and that a belt was used to secure the man’s hands.
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