Alleged drunk driver hits pole that landed on woman |
Christopher Rosacker
Staff Writer

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Alleged drunk driver hits pole that landed on woman

A Grass Valley man remained in the Nevada County jail Sunday after he was arrested for his alleged hit-and-run intoxicated driving crash into a street pole that landed on a woman, injuring her.

At 5:45 p.m. Friday, a caller to the Nevada County emergency dispatch center on the 200 block of Mill Street reported a Silver Ford truck left the scene after hitting a building and was then seen headed into a grocery store parking lot, according to the Grass Valley Police Department's activity logs.

The caller was able to provide a vehicle licence plate number and described its driver as very intoxicated, according to the logs.

As part of law enforcment's response to the incident, dispatchers requested municipal public workers respond to a downed light pole on the 100 block of Mill Street and a medical unit was also requested to the area.

"When he hit the post, it knocked it onto a pedestrian nearby, and the driver left the scene," said GVPD Officer Brian Hooper.

The injured woman was transported to the emergency room at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, complaining of head and ankle pain, although Hooper described her injuries as non-life threatening.

Mark Gill, 47, was subsequently located in Condon Park, allegedly exhibiting "objective symptoms" of alcohol intoxication, Hooper said.

Upon contact with him, Hooper said officers determined Gill's vehicle matched the description from the collision and arrested him on a felony charge of driving under the influence and a misdemeanor charge of hit and run, according to the Nevada County Sheriff's jail log.

As of Sunday afternoon, Gill was being held at the jail in lieu of $85,000 bail, according to the jail log.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call 530-477-4236.