Placer County firefighters put out brush fire started by drive through cattle field
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office warned Tuesday against driving drunk after helping the California Highway Patrol arrest an intoxicated man driving away from a brush fire last weekend.
Arron Joseph Rey, 21, was booked into Placer County Jail on charges of driving under the influence and driving without a license, said Officer Traci Pierce, a CHP spokeswoman.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded Sunday morning to a minor brush fire in North Auburn. They found Rey trying to drive a Subaru Impreza on a dirt path meant for cattle near Bell Road and Gambah Drive, the office said.
Authorities believe the blaze began when one of the man’s tires ripped of the car’s axle, the sheriff’s office reported.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin said CHP took over the investigation after deputies detained the man and assisted with putting out the fire.
“The Placer County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to not drink and drive, because no sober person would believe a lowered Impreza could travel through a cattle field,” a post on the office’s Facebook page said.