Alleged drunk driver nabbed at Grass Valley checkpoint |

Alleged drunk driver nabbed at Grass Valley checkpoint

A Yuba City man was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk Saturday night after he reportedly drove at high speed through a section of a road closed for a DUI checkpoint.

The Grass Valley office of the California Highway patrol was conducting a sobriety checkpoint on one side of the road at Colfax Avenue and Henderson Street in Grass Valley, said CHP Officer Greg Tassone.

The checkpoint was being operated in one direction, heading toward Colfax, while several officers were stationed in the closed lane with traffic cones, lights and closure signs blocking that side of the road, Tassone said.

A man identified as Cody Michael Vess. 26, drove his Dodge pickup with a boat trailer at approximately 45 mph through the closed-off lane, nearly hitting several officers, Tassone said.

During a short pursuit, Vess reportedly blew through a stop sign on the highway frontage road before being pulled over at South Auburn and Neal streets.

Vess had a blood alcohol content of about three times the legal limit, Tassone said. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and released on $5,000 bail.

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