Authorities seek driver who crashed into building |

Authorities seek driver who crashed into building

A driver was being sought Monday after crashing into a North San Juan building, flipping his car and fleeing the scene.

Authorities said they knew the man’s identity but had not yet arrested him after a Sunday morning accident that caused the collapse of the balconies of the building containing Bigley’s Market and the Brass Rail Tavern.

The California Highway Patrol did not release the man’s name Monday but said charges are likely.

“We have a pretty good idea who the driver is,” Highway Patrol officer George Kirbyson said. “We definitely want to talk to him.”

The crash occurred at 2 a.m. Sunday, when a black Ford Taurus crashed into several beams that held up the upper level of the historic building, located at 29336 Highway 49.

Although two patrons and a bartender were inside the tavern at the time, no one was hurt.

“But they did have to crawl out through the wreckage,” North San Juan Fire Chief Boyd Johnson said.

The Taurus flipped and landed on two parked cars. Caltrans had to close the highway while the rubble was removed.

“The Taurus took out all of the balconies,” Johnson said. “It’s a shame – it’s one of the oldest buildings here.”

Johnson said he hoped that the crash would bring an awareness of the need for more law enforcement on the San Juan Ridge. He said his department had cleared enough space for a Nevada County Sheriff’s Office substation in one of its firehouses, but that the office is usually unoccupied.

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