Two Modesto residents sustained moderate injuries after a driver lost control of his vehicle and collided head-on with another on Highway 108 Saturday night.
Wesley Tresenriter, 55, of Modesto, was driving westbound on Highway 108 west of Mono Way in Sonora with his wife, Patricia Tresenriter, 55, of Modesto, in a 2007 Toyota Camry when he mistook an oncoming traffic lane as a passing lane.
Wesley crossed the center line into the eastbound lane and almost immediately realized he had made a mistake, a Sonora-area California Highway Patrol news release stated.
Wesley then swerved back over the center line into the westbound lane, but the movement was so abrupt that he lost control.
When the Camry swerved back into the eastbound lane, it was directly in the path of a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Steven Rapozo, 32, of Mountain View.
Wesley Tresenriter was transferred to Adventist Health Sonora for treatment of moderate injuries, and Patricia Tresenriter was transferred to Doctor’s Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.
Rapozo sustained only minor injuries.
The traffic hazard prompted traffic control assistance from the CHP, the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office and the Sonora Police Department to divert motorists around the collision, the CHP news release stated. Highway 108 was closed for about an hour.
All of the people involved were wearing seatbelts, and neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected to be a cause, the release stated.
Nine warrant bookings on Friday
The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Friday morning arrested a Columbia man on four active misdemeanor warrants after a traffic stop in Sonora and made an additional eight warrant bookings throughout the day.
About 12:40 a.m., the driver of a red Chevrolet Blazer was stopped on Jamestown Road.
A deputy confirmed that the man’s license was suspended, his registration was expired and suspended, and he was not insured.
Benjamin Vagara Tarango, 50, of Italian Bar Road in Columbia, was booked on misdemeanor driving with a suspended license as well as four misdemeanor warrants for failing to appear on a possession of a controlled substance charge and three possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia charges.
His total bail was set at $73,000.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s logs, five additional bookings were made throughout the day on local bench warrants, many for failure to appear on charges ranging from vandalism, disorderly conduct and possession of a controlled substance.
One suspect, Crystal Bernice Craig, 39, of Valley Springs, was transferred to the Tuolumne County Jail on failure to appear, criminal conspiracy, burglary, unlawful use of identifying information and misdemeanor possession of unlawful paraphernalia charges from Fresno County.
Four bookings were made on outside agency warrants and included failure to appear on possession of a firearm and ammunition while an addict, and misdemeanor charges petty theft, driving under the influence, and driving with a suspended license.
Some of the bookings were made after the suspects surrendered at the Tuolumne County Jail lobby, and others were contacted in different locations in Sonora, Jamestown and Columbia.
Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Sgt. Andrea Benson said it is not uncommon to have so many warrant-related bookings over the course of a single day.
After a court proceeding, a suspect’s identifying information is entered into a system accessible by law enforcement to determine their status, she said, but not all people contacted are subsequently arrested.
In each case, whether a suspect is arrested varies by the charge.
“Most of the time they are booked and released with a court date to appear,” she said, but certain charges require the suspects to post bail and be brought before a judge who will determine if they will be released on their own recognizance.
With an out-of-county warrant, the originating agency is contacted, and they will dictate whether that person can be cited with a court date or transported to the original county to see a judge, Benson said.
Vehicle tampering and theft in Sonora neighborhood
The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple reports of vehicle tampering and suspicious behavior by juveniles in the Rancho Sonora Estates subdivision Saturday night.
Juveniles were seen on Eureka Drive, Fallon Drive, Curry Drive and West Walnut Drive hiding behind vehicles and using flashlights in some of the vehicles, Sgt. Andrea Benson said.
The first report came in at 10:06 p.m. from a Curry Drive resident who watched a juvenile “messing” with her vehicle before leaving the area toward West Walnut Drive.
At 10:56 p.m., a Eureka Drive resident spotted a juvenile in his car with a flashlight and chased off an unknown number of suspects.
An iPhone was stolen from an unlocked pickup truck parked on Fallon Drive, but the theft was not reported to the Sheriff’s Office until after 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Additionally, an envelope containing a pay stub was torn and left inside a vehicle, and Benson noted that the suspects may have believed the stub was a paycheck.
“In one night, at least three reports in one concentrated area” warranted additional patrols, Benson said.