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May 13, 2013
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CHP 'thankful' collision didn't cause more damage


More details emerged Monday on events involving an allegedly intoxicated driver who over the weekend crashed into two California Highway Patrol vehicles that belonged to officers arresting another reported drunk driver.

A handcuffed Jared Carter, 37, sustained a moderate ankle injury while tumbling down the embankment after officers pulled him away from an also allegedly intoxicated Amy Joann Gregg, 31, who is accused of crashing a 2007 Ford F-150 pickup truck into two CHP vehicles, one of which was shoved into Carter’s truck, said Greg Tassone, a CHP public information officer.

The incident occurred at around 11 p.m. Saturday, where Highway 20 splits off with Highway 49 outside Nevada City. A dashboard camera in the CHP vehicles captured the entire incident, Tassone said, noting that the department was in the process of securing authorization to disseminate the videos.

Carter’s injuries were described as moderate, and Gregg’s injury was described as “unspecific disorientation” and “minor pain,” Tassone said.

“It was difficult to determine because she was intoxicated,” Tassone said.

While CHP is awaiting the results of Gregg’s blood test to determine her intoxication, Tassone was unable to divulge whether Carter had submitted to a breathalyzer or a blood test as well. The CHP spokesman did, however, note that “they were both substantially intoxicated. (They) needed assistance walking.”

Officers estimated Gregg’s speed was between 35 and 50 miles per hour during the collision.

“I don’t think she was up to full speed, thankfully,” Tassone said. “Had she been going 15-20 mph faster or if they hadn’t been watching, the officers or the person arrested could have been struck. We’re all feeling very thankful that everyone was largely OK.”

One of the CHP vehicles was totaled, the other was left inoperable, and both had to be towed away, Tassone said.

After being transported and discharged from Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Gregg, a Salt Lake City resident, was booked into the Nevada County jail on DUI charges. By Sunday, she had posted $2,000 bail and been released.

In addition to the DUI charges, Carter, a Denver resident, was charged with felony drug transportation after officers found a “very large quantity” of packaged marijuana in his truck. As of press time Monday, Gregg had posted the $10,000 bail and also been released, according to the jail’s website.

Even though both arrested individuals reside outside California, Tassone said it appears they have no affiliation with one another.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email crosacker@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.


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The Union Updated May 13, 2013 11:46PM Published May 15, 2013 11:14AM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.