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Grass Valley driver found to be below legal limit in crash

A 19-year-old man suspected to be have been driving drunk when he crashed his car May 3 was released from custody Friday after a blood alcohol test revealed he was below the legal limit, authorities said.

Joshua Timothy Patton, of Grass Valley, was driving a Nissan 350 car eastbound on Indian Springs Road at about 7:15 p.m. near Majestic View Court, when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road, California Highway Patrol officer Mike Steele said.

Patton ran off the road and hit a tree, injuring an 18-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man in the car, Steele said. He subsequently was booked into county jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, causing bodily injury, with a $95,000 bond.

According to Nevada County Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh, Patton’s blood alcohol test results were between 0.05 and 0.06 percent.

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“We’ll be filing an infraction for his being under 21 and driving with .05% in his system but that is all,” Walsh stated in an email. “We won’t be filing the felony driving under the influence causing injury. While a minor collision took place, there wasn’t sufficient evidence of Mr. Patton being under the influence.”

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at lizk@theunion.com.


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