Pickup crashes into city of Sonora backhoe; injured driver is cited on DUI

Bee Staff ReportsFebruary 13, 2014 

— Police cited a 28-year-old Tuolumne man on a charge of driving under the influence after his truck crashed into a city-owned backhoe.

According to authorities, officers were dispatched to an accident on Mono Way across from the Timber Hills Shopping Center at 10:07 a.m. Wednesday.

When they arrived, officers found a 2001 Toyota pickup that had gone off the road and hit the back of a backhoe parked on the edge of the road, where members of the city’s Public Works Department were working.

The driver, identified as Christopher Bradbury, suffered moderate injuries. He was taken by ambulance to Sonora Regional Medical Center. No city employees were hurt.

At the scene of the accident, police said, Bradbury was exhibiting signs of being under the influence. Police interviewed him at the hospital and determined he was under the influence of a narcotic. Because of his medical condition, he was cited and released.

The westbound lane of Mono Way was closed for about an hour, while officers conducted the investigation and cleared the road.

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