A Nevada City man involved in a single-vehicle crash Friday night and a woman who allegedly helped him leave the scene were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The crash occurred about 11:30 p.m. Craig D. Ruble, 46, was driving a 2013 Audi Q7 crossover/sedan northbound on Gracie Road, east of Nevada City, when he failed to negotiate a curve and drove off the east side of the roadway, hitting a large dirt embankment, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The other side of the vehicle gouged into the asphalt roadway, then went back across the road, striking a dirt embankment on the west side.
Residents in the area heard the crash and called the CHP. As officers arrived at the scene, another Audi, a 2011sport utility vehicle, quickly turned around in the road, drove around the Audi Q7 demolished in the crash, and sped away.
Officers discovered that the driver of the Audi Q7 had left the scene. They followed and stopped the sport-utility vehicle, and found Ruble in the passenger seat.
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After evaluating Ruble, officers arrested him on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of a collision.
The driver of the Audi SUV, identified as 31-year-old Amelia Barrett, also of Nevada City, was questioned by officers, who determined that she was not involved in the crash but had responded to the scene afterward to assist Ruble. CHP officials said she appeared to be substantially impaired due to alcohol. Although Barrett was sporadically uncooperative during the investigation, she was arrested without further incident on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI, according to the CHP.
Ruble and Barrett were booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City.