Felony DUI arrest

The Sonora Police Department arrested a Sonora man suspected to be responsible for an injury accident on Saturday outside of Brooks Ranch Restaurant on Mono Way.

Sonora Police Department officers were dispatched to the scene before 2 p.m., said Interim Police Chief Turu VanderWiel said, and CHP officers were already on scene.

VanderWiel said the accident occured within the reporting jurisdiction of the Sonora Police Department, and its office will conduct the investigation into the collision.

Investigating officers learned that the driver of a gray 2006 BMW 325i did not yield to right-of-way of traffic on Mono Way and collided with another vehicle. After field sobriety tests, it was determined that the man was under the influence of alcohol.

VanderWiel said he had no information about the victim’s injuries except that they weren’t life-threatening.

The Sonora man was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI with great bodily injury. He was subsequently found to be in possession of heroin and Schedule 3 prescription narcotics while being booked at the Tuolumne County Jail, although it was determined he was not under the influence of narcotics, VanderWiel said.

Ryan Edward Morrison, 24, was booked on suspicion of felony driving under the influence causing great bodily injury, bringing a controlled substance into jail and infractions for an illegal entry onto a roadway.

Fight outside downtown bar

The Sonora Police Department on Saturday arrested two Sonora men shortly after closing time after a fight erupted in front of a South Washington Street bar.

VanderWiel said an officer was patrolling the area when he noticed a disturbance in a group of people gathered outside the bar.

As the officer exited his car to get in between the people involved, one of the men punched another man in the face.

Another officer arrived on scene to separate the disputing parties, and both showed signs of intoxication, VanderWiel said.

The man who was seen punching the other person in the face was placed in handcuffs, but he pulled away from the officer. The officer was forced to take the man to the ground to place him under arrest, but the struggle continued until the man was placed in the backseat of a patrol car.

One of the officers was kicked in the shin during the tussle, VanderWiel said.

VanderWiel said his report did not include information as to why the fight occurred, but both subjects were booked into the Tuolumne County Jail.

Norton Dixon Mendez Terzich, 22, was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor charges obstructing a public officer and fighting in a public place.

Kase Thoburn, 27, was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor charges fighting in a public place and disorderly conduct.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com.

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