Two holiday weekend DUI crashes hospitalize four

By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
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Two unrelated DUI accidents over Thanksgiving weekend in rural Loomis sent four people to local hospitals and resulted in two arrests.

According to Nico Bonfilio, California Highway Patrol officer, the first accident occurred on Thanksgiving night on Val Verde Road at O'Haver Lane. He said James Coleman, of Granite Bay, sustained major injuries in a solo vehicle accident and was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Bonfilio said the call came in at 2:10 a.m., Nov. 23, and that Coleman was driving a 2000 Chevy Silverado truck.

Loomis Fire Protection Chief Dave Wheeler said emergency responders from his department detected a strong smell of alcohol when they found the victim wandering down the street. Wheeler said the report indicated the vehicle went airborne and rolled. Wheeler said the victim told responders the truck had been stolen and he (Coleman) jumped in the back of the pickup to try and stop the two thieves inside the truck. Wheeler said responders spent time searching for additional victims and found none.

Bonfilio said there was no evidence to substantiate Coleman’s claims of anyone else being in the truck and a DUI was issued.

Bonfilio said Coleman sustained lacerations to his face and arms and a family member said he underwent surgery to remove his spleen.

The second accident occurred on King Road, east of Ridgeview Lane, at 1:45 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 25, Bonfilio said.

He said Gary Lee Cox, of Loomis, was driving a 1997 Chevy Silverado pickup that sustained major front end and side damage and Cox was issued a DUI.

Eric Walder, deputy chief of South Placer Fire District, said three people injured in the accident were transported to local hospitals. The victims’ names and conditions were not available.

A passerby, who called 9-1-1, reportedly saw an injured young woman, covered in blood, crawling on the road.