Grass Valley woman faces $75K felony DUI charge |

Grass Valley woman faces $75K felony DUI charge

Liah Beason
Nevada County Sheriff Department |

An allegedly inebriated Grass Valley woman lost control of her vehicle and crashed it into a truck, sending its driver to the hospital.

Liah Marie Beason, 45, was driving a 2002 Chrysler on East Lime Kiln Road shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday when she collided with a 1998 Chevy Silverado driven by Kenneth Maier, 51, also a Grass Valley resident, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Beason’s vehicle sustained front-end damage when it collided with the driver’s side of Maier’s truck, rolling the truck into the ditch, said CHP Officer Justin Barnthouse. While Maier was transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital by ambulance, Beason reportedly had no significant injuries.

Maier had been treated and released from the hospital by Thursday morning, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Responding CHP officers submitted Beason to a field sobriety test and determined she was impaired above the legal limit for alcohol consumption to drive, as well as being under the influence of drugs, Barnthouse said.

Beason’s intoxication was determined to be the primary cause of the collision, Barnthouse said.

Beason is being detained at the Nevada County jail in lieu of posting $75,000 bail on a felony driving under the influence charge.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call 530-477-4236.

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