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High-speed driver allegedly was drunk

An alleged drunken driver reportedly was driving on Highway 49 at nearly 100 mph when he was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol Sunday.

Arlyss Walker Lee, 26, was driving a Hyundai Sonata northbound near Streeter Road at about 4:19 p.m., said CHP Officer Greg Tassone. A CHP officer patrolling the area initiated a traffic stop and determined Lee was driving under the influence, Tassone said.

Lee was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence with prior convictions, as well as driving on a suspended license. Lee reportedly has three or more prior convictions for driving under the influence, Tassone said.

Lee allegedly told the CHP officer he was driving on the suspended license because his girlfriend was in labor, when in fact she had delivered the baby about a week prior.

He was booked into county jail and was being held in lieu of $81,176 bail.

GV man arrested for DUI, passenger seriously injured in Saturday wreck

A Grass Valley man is facing felony DUI charges after reportedly rolling his truck and seriously injuring his father-in-law Saturday.

Eric A. Guilloz, 44, was driving a 2011 Chevrolet pickup truck on Haskell Peak Road in rural Sierra County about four miles from Gold Lake Road at the time of the accident, according to Tassone.

Neither Guilloz nor his two passengers — David Sandoval, 70, of North San Juan, and Richard Tamborski, 57, of Antioch — was wearing a seatbelt, Tassone said. Guilloz reportedly had been drinking.

Guilloz reportedly lost control of the truck at about 11 p.m. as he negotiated the rugged roadway, causing it to overturn. Sandoval sustained major head injuries in the crash, Tassone said.

A Newcastle resident with extensive emergency medical experience happened to be camping in the vicinity and came to their aid, providing emergency resuscitation to Sandoval and helped stabilize him in the field. He then drove to Bassetts Station, which was the nearest town, and summoned emergency personnel and guided them to the scene.

Guilloz was subsequently arrested for felony driving under the influence, causing injury, and booked into the Sierra County Jail. Sandoval was flown by helicopter air ambulance to Enloe Medical Center in Chico, where he reportedly was in stable condition.

The CHP is handling the investigation. The involved pickup truck was towed from the rural area; an ambulance from the Downieville Fire Protection District became stuck on the rugged roadways during the incident and was ultimately recovered with a tow truck.


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