MADERA COUNTY – Two separate single-vehicle accidents yesterday resulted in the arrest of both drivers after they were determined to be under the influence by officers at the scene.
At about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 15, several people reported that a vehicle had gone off the roadway on Road 632 just west of Sugar Pine Drive.
When first responders arrived on scene, they found a 1991 Toyota 4-Runner on its top some 20 feet down the embankment. The driver, Ryan Johanson, 33, of Bass Lake, escaped without injuries, but was placed under arrest for DUI.
About 20 minutes later, officers were dispatched to Mandy Lane, just off Highway 41 south of Lucky Lane, for reports of another crash, this one involving a 1998 Volkswagen Passat.
Stacie Winn, 44, of Coarsegold was reportedly traveling eastbound at 45 mph in a 25 mph zone, when she lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway on the north side and smashed into a large rock. Winn was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained major injuries, including multiple fractures, according to CHP. She was transported by air ambulance from Minarets High School to Community Regional Medical Center where she was placed under arrest for suspicion of felony Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol causing injury to others, and released to the custody of the hospital.
Two teenage passengers in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts and were transported by ground ambulance to CRMC where they were treated and released.