Mokelumne Hill man dies in single-car crash

A Mokelumne Hill man died Friday afternoon on Michael Road in Mountain Ranch after he lost control and his vehicle crashed into a tree.

The San Andreas-area California Highway Patrol responded at 3:05 p.m. to Michael Road, north of Cave City Road, and found a 2002 Ford Explorer had run head-on into a tree.

The single occupant was thrown from the vehicle, and emergency personnel were unable to revive him, said Officer John Fernandez.

Fernandez said speed at the time of the crash was unknown. The SUV crossed the southbound lane and onto the left shoulder before hitting the tree.

The driver, Ken James Ingle, 56, of Mokelumne Hill, was not wearing a seatbelt, Fernandez said.

An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death, he said, and there is no information to indicate alcohol or drugs were involved with the crash.

Man on condemned property in possession of heroin, methamphetamine

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Jamestown man Saturday night after receiving a report that a person had trespassed onto a condemned property on Wilcox Ranch Road.

Deputies responded to the 8500 block of Wilcox Ranch Road at 9:28 p.m. and discovered a man hiding in the bushes, said Sgt. Andrea Benson.

When the man was apprehended, he was found to have a warrant out of his arrest on a failure to appear on a possession of a narcotic controlled substance charge.

The man was searched and found to be in possession of 0.19 grams of methamphetamine and 1.88 grams of heroin, she said.

Sean Steven McIntyre, 56, of Mill Villa Road in Jamestown, was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic controlled substance and his misdemeanor warrant and booked into the Tuolumne County Jail.

His total bail was set at $10,000.



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