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Drunk Driver Collides With Sheriff Deputy Head-On

Drunk Driver Collides With Sheriff Deputy Head-On 

What started out as the search for a missing hunter, ended what An alleged drunk driver collided with a deputy responding to the call. According to Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, the late Saturday night incident happened on Highway 4 near Big Trees. The deputy was headed to assist with a report of a missing hunter near Spicer Meadow Reservoir at the time.  The driver of the other vehicle, 42-year-old John Ueda of Brentwood, was westbound on Highway 4 when he allowed his vehicle to cross into the deputy’s lane. Despite the deputy’s attempt to avoid the oncoming vehicle, the two crashed head-on, causing both vehicles’ airbags to deploy. The deputy was transported for treatment and has since been released. The CHP, which investigated the incident, found Ueda to be under the influence and as he did not require medical treatment for injuries, placed him under arrest at the scene. Ueda faces charges of DUI causing injury during an accident, having a blood-alcohol level greater than .08, and driving on a suspended license.   On a related note, the missing hunter was located about 3:30 a.m. about a mile from his last known point.                                                                             

Written byKVGC Staff


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