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Man with DUI convictions arrested after collision with sheriff’s patrol unit

A Grass Valley man on probation for driving under the influence was arrested Sunday after he was involved in a collision with an on-duty Nevada County sheriff’s deputy.

The collision occurred about 5:33 p.m. The deputy was in a marked patrol vehicle, a Ford SUV, driving southbound on Brunswick Road, as 48-year-old William A. Medlyn, driving a 2006 Pontiac Vibe station wagon on Greenhorn Road, approached the Brunswick Road intersection. As the deputy came to a stop at the intersection, Medlyn failed to stop, lost control of his vehicle, traveled across the intersection and struck the patrol vehicle broadside, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

The deputy suffered minor injuries, but was able to get out of his vehicle and contact Medlyn, who was not injured. Medlyn, however, appeared to be intoxicated and was detained by the deputy until CHP officers and fire department personnel reached the scene, according to the CHP.

CHP officers conducted an investigation, determined that Medlyn appeared to be substantially impaired from alcohol, and arrested him on suspicion of a number of felony and misdemeanor offenses.

CHP officials reported that Medlyn had several prior convictions for DUI, was on probation for previous DUI offenses, had a suspended driver license and was driving a vehicle without a required ignition interlock device. After he was cleared of medical problems, Medlyn was booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City.

The deputy was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment, according to the CHP, and is expected to make a full recovery.

The CHP is handling the investigation into the collision.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.