Ridge Road in Nevada City was the scene of two vehicle accidents over the weekend and one man’s arrest. The first incident happened early Saturday morning at 1:18 a.m. when a 50 year old man was driving a 1989 Jeep Grand Cherokee eastbound on Ridge Road from Ridge Estates Dr. toward Nevada City. An officer observed a false registration sticker on the license plate. When the CHP officer initiated a traffic stop Mark Steele accelerated away at a high speed and a pursuit ensued toward Nevada City. Steele lost control of the Jeep in a series of sharp curves and the vehicle rotated counterclockwise and collided sideways through a fence and into a tree. The Jeep then overturned into another tree, partially trapping Steele inside. CHP officers took Steele into custody with assistance from Nevada City Police and Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputies. Steele was taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries. A subsequent investigation by the CHP determined Steele was driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a suspended license. He was later booked into jail at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on felony and misdemeanor charges.
The other accident on Ridge Road happened Sunday morning about 6:30a.m. when a 43 year old woman from Oroville was driving a 95 Ford Escort eastbound on Ridge road west of Pear Orchard Way. The woman says a deer came into the roadway and turned the vehicle to the left to avoid the deer. The vehicle left the roadway and collided into a fire hydrant causing the hydrant to become dislodged. The water flowed from the hydrant for approximately 45 minutes before the water was able to be shut off. Ridge road remained closed for about an hour for clean up and vehicle recovery. The woman was transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital by CHP and treated for moderate injuries. No alcohol or drugs are suspected to be a factor in this collision.