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Suspect Attempted To Flee

Sonora, CA — The Sonora Police Department arrested a man that fled the scene of a DUI accident last night.


It happened at around 11:40pm at the intersection of North Shepherd Street and Elkin Street. A 1985 Toyota 4 Runner knocked out approximately 20 feet of wooden guardrail and rolled over. The driver, 38-year-old James Nathan, took off running when officers started to arrive. He was later arrested at his nearby residence. The Police Department reports that Nathan was uncooperative when he was taken into custody. He faces charges of driving under the influence and felony hit and run. Nathan has a prior DUI conviction.


The SPD says the passengers, 21-year-old Ann Kelly and 23-year-old Natalie Morse, were also intoxicated and uncooperative. Kelly received major facial injuries and was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. The SPD says Morse had visible injuries, but refused medical attention.