A two-vehicle collision Monday night in Grass Valley led to the arrest of one of the drivers, as well as a friend who stopped at the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The collision occurred about 9:55 p.m. as 27-year-old Courtney L. Franklin of Grass Valley was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup northbound on Highway 49 at a high speed as she took the offramp to Highway 20 and Empire Street, according to a CHP news release. Directly in front of Franklin was a Subaru Forester driven by 20-year-old Perry Spencer and carrying three passengers. CHP officials said Franklin failed to slow down and her pickup struck the rear of the Subaru at high speed, propelling the Subaru toward the overcrossing. Franklin veered to the right and her pickup struck the embankment, causing the pickup to overturn onto its side. It came to rest blocking the east portion of the ramp.
Off-duty emergency personnel were driving through the area and stopped to aid Franklin, who suffered minor injuries, according the CHP. Perry also sustained what appeared to be minor injuries, officials said, while the other occupants of the Subaru were not injured.
CHP officers, along with fire and Sierra Nevada Ambulance crews, responded to the scene. As officers arrived, a Volkswagen sedan drove up. The vehicle was driven by Vanessa L. Logan, apparently a friend of Franklin. As Logan stopped, Franklin suddenly got into the vehicle in an attempt to flee, according to the CHP, and officers had to forcibly remove her from the car.
Logan was also detained, and both Logan and Franklin were subsequently taken into custody, suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.
CHP officers subsequently discovered a loaded handgun in the Chevrolet pickup’s center console, next to the driver’s seat. CHP officials said the handgun was unregistered and unlawful to possess in California.
Franklin was arrested on suspicion of a number of felony and misdemeanor offenses, including DUI causing injury, possession of the loaded and concealed handgun, and driving without a license. She was treated at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley, then booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City.
Logan was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.