Man calls 911 seven times with false report

A Columbia man was arrested early Sunday morning after calling 911 seven times within an hour-and-a-half to make what authorities said was a false report about being assaulted by his girlfriend.

Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the suspect’s home on the 22700 block of Upper Quail Mine Road in Columbia at about 2:25 a.m. on the man’s initial report that his girlfriend had wrecked his truck at the top of their driveway, Sgt. Andrea Benson said.

Tuolumne County Sheriff’s logs said the man also claimed that she refused to give him his keys and she had locked him out of the residence.

Deputies said they found a man in the driveway smelling alcohol, Benson said. The man spoke with slurred speech and swayed back and forth, she said.

A truck had been driven off the driveway and was pinned against a tree down an embankment near the home, she said.

The man blamed his girlfriend for driving the truck down the embankment and demanded to have her removed and arrested. The woman, who was inside, said the man had been driving the truck and she did not know where the keys were.

No one was inside the truck when deputies were on the scene, Benson said.

It could not be determined who drove the truck and the woman was not arrested.

But as deputies were preparing to leave the scene, the man called Sheriff’s Office dispatch to report that he was assaulted by his girlfriend and said they now had a reason to remove her from the home.

Over the next 90 minutes, the man called the dispatch center seven times to report being assaulted and continued to harass the dispatchers, Benson said.

There was no evidence an assault occurred, she said.

Christopher Dwayne Davis, 57, of the 22700 block of Upper Quail Mine Road, Sonora, was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor charges providing a false report of a crime to specific peace officers and calling 911 in an attempt to harass or annoy.

At the time of his arrest, Davis had a blood alcohol content of 0.182.
Davis was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on $5,000 bail and was released on his own recognizance before Monday.

Two motorcycle accidents on Saturday

Two motorcycle accidents resulted in major injuries on Saturday, one in Columbia and another near Moccasin on New Priest Grade.

About 10:50 a.m., Russell Merritt Jr., 70, of Clovis, was driving a 1993 Harley-Davidson motorcycle downhill on New Priest Grade in the direction of Grizzly Road.

Merritt lost control in a right-hand turn and he was ejected from the motorcycle, which overturned.

Both Merritt and the motorcycle landed in the eastbound lane of Highway 120.

Merritt, who was wearing a half helmet, sustained major injuries and was treated at the scene by medical personnel before being transferred by air ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.

Highway 120 was closed for 45 minutes in both directions during the incident.

Less that two hours later, another collision involving two motorcycle was reported on Springfield Road, south of Parrotts Ferry Road in Columbia.

Darryl A. Fraser, 56, of San Jose, was driving a 2004 Harley Davidson southbound on Springfield Road at 40 to 45 miles per hour among many other motorcyclists on the road.

Fraser passed multiple other drivers in the southbound lane and approached Daniel J. Rauer, 31, of Rohnert Park, driving a 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Rauer was driving about 35 miles per hour when Fraser attempted to pass him, and the right side of Fraser’s motorcycle collided with the left side of Rauer’s motorcycle.

Both men traveled onto the right-side dirt shoulder before they each collided with rocks and bushes lining the side of the road.

Both men were ejected into the bushes.

Fraser sustained major injuries and was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto by air ambulance.

Rauer sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Adventist Health Sonora before also being transported to Doctors Medical Center.

Neither alcohol nor drugs are not considered factors in either accident.

Arson attempt uncovered in Sonora

A Sonora woman was arrested on suspicion of attempting to set fire her neighbor's home and vandalizing a garage window and motorhome on the property.

According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs, at 2:43 p.m Saturday, a Phoenix Lake Road resident saw a woman on her property after she heard the sound of her garage windows breaking. The resident found a broken headlight on the motorhome and also saw the woman return with a gas can and a lighter.

According to a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office press release, the resident saw the woman walking away from the home with a hammer in her hand before returning with the gas can and lighter.

The suspect fled after she was observed by the homeowner.

The suspect was located at her own property, on the 21200 block of Phoenix Lake Road.

Alayna Marie Moro, 43, of Sonora, was booked on suspicion of attempted arson, vandalism and felony probation violation.

Moro is on probation for burglary and vandalism.

Moro was placed on a no-bail probation hold and remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail Monday.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.