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Two women arrested after allegedly fleeing scene of crash

Two women ended up in county jail after allegedly fleeing the scene of a solo-vehicle crash in Grass Valley Tuesday night.

Grass Valley Police and California Highway Patrol officers responded to Highway 49 at Empire Street, where a Ford pickup truck went off the road and struck a tree just before 8:30 p.m., according to dispatch reports.

Witnesses told police the driver fled on foot and the other woman left the scene in a red SUV.

The SUV was located at a residence on Marshall Street, said Grass Valley Police Capt. Rex Marks.

A woman identified as Sheryl Ann Deal, 42, was in the SUV in the driveway and tried to leave the scene when officers arrived.

She was detained and arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license. She also had several warrants, Marks said.

The second woman was located hiding in a bed, fully clothed, inside a trailer, Marks said.

Officers allegedly found several baggies of suspected methamphetamine on the woman, identified as Lana Jean Battin, with a total combined weight of a little more than 5 grams, as well as marijuana and hypodermic needles.

They also allegedly found identity and bank cards in other people’s names.

Battin, 63, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale and transportation of a controlled substance.

Battin was being held in county jail on $35,000 bail, while Deal was being held on $16,080 bail.

The CHP is investigating the accident and additional charges could be forthcoming.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call (530) 477-4229.

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The Union Updated Nov 1, 2012 11:25AM Published Nov 9, 2012 07:28AM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.