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Busy Weekend for Driving Mistakes

A suspected drunk driver is in far more trouble, when he was found to be in possession of cocaine. Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal says a Deputy stopped a car driven by 29 year old Charles Smith on Ridge Road, early Sunday morning. The Sheriff says the Deputy conducting a DUI investigation and took  Smith into custody. The Sheriff says when Smith arrived at the jail the suspected cocaine was found.
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Smith now not only faces charges of driving under the influence, along with suspicion of possession of suspected cocaine and bringing drugs into the jail.


A driver not familiar with the road lost control of her Ford Excursion on Highway 49.  CHP Officer Justin Barnthouse says the 47 year old driver from Chico last control of her SUV near Lowell Hill Road north of Nevada City, Sunday afternoon.
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The driver did receive a fractured arm in the accident and was taken to Sierra Nevada Hospital for treatment. The CHP is still investigating the accident.


A motorcyclist looking over his shoulder lost control of the motorcycle on Highway 174 near Laws Ranch Road on Saturday afternoon. Officer Barnthouse says the 29 year old Grass Valley man lost control of his 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle, when he looked behind him.
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The rider ran off the road and was ejected. He suffered a broken shoulder and ribs. He was treated at Sierra Nevada Hospital for his injures.


The CHP says several drivers made errors in a accident at the freeway and Coyote Street on Friday morning. Officer Barnthouse says a vehicle coming down Highway 20 was taking the Coyote off ramp. The driver of a  second vehicle pulled out onto the road right behind the car. The rider of a 2001 Honda motorcycle was too close to all the vehicles.
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The rider of the motorcycle was taken to Sierra Nevada Hospital with moderate injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

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