Allegedly impaired driver takes out Nevada City fire hydrant |

Allegedly impaired driver takes out Nevada City fire hydrant

An accident on East Broad Street in Nevada City Wednesday took out a fire hydrant, went through a front yard and hit a house. The Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, Nevada City Fire Department, Sierra Nevada Ambulance, and Nevada City Police responded. The dark color van in the background rests against the home.
John Hart/ | The Union

A 61-year-old North San Jaun man dislodged a fire hydrant in downtown Nevada City Wednesday evening after allegedly crashing into it.

Joseph Terrence Marquez, who listed his occupation as a carpenter, was arrested for a DUI after the wreck that occurred toward the top of Broad Street and allegedly used the car without the knowledge of its registered owner, said Sgt. Alex Gammelgard of the Grass Valley Police Department.

Marquez was also charged with a felony county of vehicle theft and a misdemeanor count of driving without a license.

The vehicle was taken from BriarPatch Co-op; the registered owner knew Marquez but had not given permission for the car to be used, Gammelgard said.

Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, the Nevada City Fire Department, Sierra Nevada Ambulance, and the Nevada City police responded to the incident.

After hitting the fire hydrant, the van continued through the front yard of a residence and struck the home. The extent of the damage to the house is not known.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or call 530-477-4239.

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