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Road-rage suspect seriously injured when vehicle hits tree in Nevada County

The suspect in a Nevada County road-rage incident was injured Thursday afternoon when his vehicle went off the road and struck a tree.

Two vehicles were involved in the incident,which was reported about 4:19 p.m. on westbound Highway 20 near Brunswick Road. The suspect, identified by the California Highway Patrol as 46-year-old Lawrence C. Alexander of Smartsville, was driving a white Chevrolet pickup westbound on Highway 20, west of Harmony Ridge Road. The victim was driving a gray Dodge pickup directly in front of Alexander’s vehicle, according to a CHP news release.

As the vehicles approached the point where Highways 20 and 49 merge in Nevada City, Alexander allegedly aggressively tailgated the victim. As the two vehicles approached Brunswick Road, Alexander began to pass the victim on the left. As he came alongside the victim, Alexander turned his vehicle into the path of the victim’s pickup, the news release said.

The two vehicles collided and traveled off the right side of the road. Alexander’s pickup then struck a tree.

Alexander suffered major injuries and was transported to a trauma center for treatment, the news release said. The victim did not report any injuries as a result of the collision.

The victim told investigators that a weapon was brandished during the incident, but no weapon was located at the scene, the CHP reported.

Alexander has not been taken into custody due to his injuries and the complexity of the investigation, according to the news release.

The CHP said alcohol and drugs have not been ruled out as factors in the incident.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy