Redding police said that a man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence while crashing with a deputy car and then later trying to hide evidence.
According to the Redding Police Department, this happened about 8:40 p.m. Friday evening, when Brian Sancibrian, a Shasta County Sheriff's deputy, was transporting a prisoner from Shasta Regional Medical Center to the Shasta County Jail.
Sancibrian was driving a fully marked SCSO Chevy Tahoe westbound on Placer Street toward Pine Street, at the same time, suspected drunk driver, known as Richard Lee Dodd, 29, of Bella Vista was driving a Subaru Outback eastbound on Placer Street.
As Sancibrian entered the intersection with Pine Street, Dodd made a left turn in front of the Tahoe without signaling, causing a car crash near the intersection, according to Redding police.
An independent witness later came forward to report that Dodd, did indeed turn directly in front of the oncoming Tahoe and that after Dodd pulled over, he removed something from his car and hid it in the vegetation a short distance away.
Redding police officers checked the item Dodd hid and found it was a pouch containing concentrated cannabis and a pipe for smoking that substance, commonly known as "dab rig."
Officers said that Dodd exhibited signs of alcohol and drug influence and a short time later, an RPD DUI specialist responded to the scene to conduct an evaluation.
Dodd later admitted to drinking Friday evening and using concentrated cannabis earlier.
Luckily Sancibrian (deputy) and his prisoner (51-year-old Forrest Andrew Rose) were not injured, but Sancibrian was not wearing his seatbelt at the time, according to Redding police.
Rose and Dodd were taken to Shasta Regional Medical Center for medical clearance, and Dodd was also not injured in the crash.
After a drug recognition evaluation was performed, Dodd was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges of:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Driving under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs
- Destroying or concealing evidence
- Driving with a license suspended for DUI
- Driving with an open container of cannabis
- Failure to yield to oncoming traffic
- Outstanding warrant
The Redding Police Department would also like to remind the public that combining alcohol with marijuana or impairing medication is even more dangerous than any used alone.