NORTH FORK – A North Fork man was headed home about 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, when, due to his “high level of intoxication,” he veered off the road and crashed some 80 feet down into a field, according to the CHP.
Robert Swain, Sr., 65, was driving his 2006 Jeep Wrangler eastbound on Road 200 approaching Quail Creek Road on Walker Grade when he drove off the road, taking out 50 feet of barbed wire fence in his wake.
A woman living in a house nearby heard the crash, saw the headlights shining across the field, and called 911.
Officers found Swain lying on the ground in the field quite intoxicated, and he told them he had gotten stuck. He apparently was unaware that he had wrecked his car.
Swain told officers he did not know how fast he was going or what had happened.
North Fork Engine #11 and the Cal Fire Engine from the Rancheria Station, which was right across the road, responded to the incident, along with CHP and Sierra Ambulance.
Amazingly, the Jeep was able to be started and driven out of the field and up to the roadway where a waiting tow truck from Doc’s hauled it away.
Swain was hauled away to the Madera County Jail and booked on charges of driving under the influence. Fortunately, no one else was involved in the incident.