Two separate, early-morning crashes off Highway 174 that sent both drivers to a Roseville hospital were allegedly caused by drunken driving.
One of the men, who remains in critical condition, reportedly was driving a stolen car that contained meth, pot and possibly stolen electronics equipment.
California Highway Patrol officers responded to the scene of the first accident, on You Bet Road near Mulberry Lane, at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Officer Greg Tassone.
The driver, identified as Robert Ellingwood, 37, of Nevada City, drove off the road and crashed into a tree, Tassone said.
Firefighters had to extricate Ellingwood, who allegedly was combative, from the vehicle.
Ellingwood was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was transported first to a landing site because of the fog layer, then flown by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition as of Wednesday afternoon.
CHP officers were still at the scene of that crash when they were called to the second wreck, on Lower Colfax and Mt. Olive roads, at just before 2 a.m.
A Nevada County sheriff’s deputy had been patrolling the area when a black Dodge Magnum passed him at a high rate of speed.
Apparently, by the time the deputy turned around, the driver had rolled and crashed into a telephone pole, Tassone said.
The driver, identified as Gary Doshier, 39, of Grass Valley, reportedly sustained major head trauma and was transported by helicopter to Roseville. He is in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.
According to Tassone, the Dodge had been reported stolen.
“We found a decently large quantity of controlled substances, including meth, as well as marijuana,” Tassone said, adding officers also found drug paraphernalia.
“There is a continuing investigation into possibly stolen property found in the vehicle — a mish-mosh of computers and electronic equipment.”
Doshier faces charges for an outstanding warrant, driving under the influence, vehicle theft, and transportation of a controlled substance for sale, Tassone said.
It was not clear whether the warrant, for $100,000, was local; Doshier most recently failed to appear in court in April for a November 2012 case involving charges of driving under the influence, driving with a .08 or higher blood alcohol level, driving with a suspended license, evading a peace officer and providing false registration.
He was arrested in January 2006 for allegedly beating a Nevada City man at the Flyers gas station on the 12000 block of Nevada City Highway, then running him down.
Doshier reportedly made no attempt to stop and fled the scene. He ended up pleading no contest to driving under the influence and causing an injury.
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