Redding, Calif - Two men have been arrested for driving under the influence in Redding on separate occasions after a man was taken into custody while another driver hit a patrol car nearby.
This happened about 9:40 p.m., Friday on Hilltop Drive, when officer Sterrett was driving northbound on the street when a Dodge Spirit began to pull out in front of her to turn southbound from Industrial Street.
According to Redding police, Sterrett then made a traffic stop on the 2300 block of Hilltop Drive and immediately noticed the driver, William James Ashumun, 25, of Redding appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
The investigation into that incident was turned over to a DUI specialist and it was discovered that Ashuman was indeed under the influence of drugs and was in possession of methamphetamine and driving without a license.
As the investigation was concluding there were three patrol vehicles stopped with emergency lights.
Officer Johnson entered one of the stopped vehicles and moments later a Dodge Dakota pick up traveling south on Hilltop Drive drifted to the right, missed the first patrol car and struck the rear driver side of officer Johnson’s patrol car.
Luckily the pick up missed the third patrol car after it veered back onto the roadway.
Redding police arrested Terrence William Ellison, 62, of Lewiston for felony driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injury.
Ellison had a prior conviction for driving under the influence and had a blood alcohol level over twice the presumptive limit.
No one was seriously injured during that collision, but officer Johnson did receive minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.
Ellison was booked into the Shasta County Jail for driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injury and driving with a BAC over a .08% and causing injury.
Ashuman was also booked into jail for driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a controlled substance, driving without a license and a violation of his felony probation.
Ashuman is on probation out of Sacramento for false impersonation and out Shasta County for theft with prior convictions for theft, vehicle theft and possession of stolen property.