Man charged in 49 crash |

Man charged in 49 crash

The driver who caused a three-vehicle accident on Highway 49 Tuesday evening has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Marty Joseph Correia, 43, of Grass Valley, was reported to be in fair condition at Sutter Roseville Medical Center Wednesday after sustaining serious blunt force trauma to the head and leg in the accident at 5:45 p.m., approximately four miles south of Grass Valley.

Correia, driving a blue Toyota pickup truck, reportedly rear-ended a gold Toyota SUV at 50 mph, sending the SUV into a Chevy S-10 pickup.

The 68-year-old Grass Valley man driving the Chevy was not hurt, and the women inside the Toyota SUV – Deborah Beach and Carla Piccolo of Penn Valley – complained of pain but refused medical treatment.

Correia was flown to Sutter-Roseville Medical Center, where he was arrested for drunken driving, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Pingree.

“Based on his prior experience with the public, the investigating officer had reason to suspect alcohol was a factor,” Pingree said.

Testing for alcohol was completed at the hospital, Pingree said. Because of Correia’s condition, he was immediately released from CHP custody to the hospital for care.

Because no one else involved in the accident was treated for injuries, Pingree said, the CHP will probably recommend a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

If anyone else had been hurt in the accident, Pingree said, Correia would most likely have been charged with felony drunken driving.


To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call477-4236.

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