No serious injuries were reported after an accident that involved three vehicles occurred on U.S. Highway 395 near Brockman Lane Friday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol, Bishop office.
At about 8:30 a.m. Friday, a semi-truck driver from Delano, California, was driving a 2015 Freightliner semi-truck/trailer. The semi truck was traveling northbound along U.S. Highway 395 just north of Brockman Lane.
The semi-truck had pulled in the center median in an attempt to negotiate a right turn into a private residence. At the same time, a driver from Bishop was driving a 2010 Ford Explorer northbound on the highway, north of Brockman Lane, at a high rate of speed, behind and to the right of the semi truck driver, according to the CHP.
Due to the Explorer’s high rate of speed, the driver was unable to slow in time before crashing into the front right side of the semi truck, the CHP reported.
The Explorer continued in its momentum and crashed into metal fencing and a tree.
According to the CHP, this impact caused the driver of the Explorer to lose control and overturn across the highway and into the southbound lanes.
At the same time, a driver from Houston, Texas, was driving a Ford Econoline southbound on U.S. Highway 395, just north of Brockman Lane. As the Explorer overturned, it crashed into the left rear side of the Ford Econoline.
The semi-truck and trailer came to a rest, blocking the northbound lanes of the highway. The Explorer and Econoline came to a rest on the southbound shoulder of US-395.
All parties were able to exit their vehicles and only minor injuries were reported. Of the six individuals listed in the CHP report, two were taken to Northern Inyo Hospital for minor injuries.
Personnel from CHP, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Bishop Police Department, Bishop Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services responded to the crash scene.
This crash is still under investigation by Bishop CHP.
Mono County pursuit
Earlier last week, on Jan. 11, at about 2 a.m.., CHP Bridgeport was advised by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada of a vehicle failing to yield southbound on U.S. Highway 395 south of Gardnerville, Nevada. CHP was advised the subject was throwing drugs out of the window.
The suspect vehicle crossed the California/Nevada state line on U.S. Highway 395 near Topaz, California, at about 2:13 a.m.
A CHP unit attempted to stop the suspect vehicle by deploying a spike strip on southbound of the highway just north of SR 108 but was unsuccessful.
Douglas County Sheriff units and the CHP unit continued pursuing the suspect vehicle southbound on U.S. Highway 395 through the town of Bridgeport and south towards Lee Vining.
Speeds in the pursuit varied from 60-80 MPH.
Mono County Sheriff deputies assisted in the pursuit south of Bridgeport and became the assisting units in the pursuit as Douglas County Deputies discontinued the pursuit.
At approximately 3:07 a..m., CHP successfully deployed the spike strip at the highway and the Mono Inn, north of Lee Vining. The suspect vehicle continued for a short distance until its tires went flat.
Once the suspect vehicle came to a stop, the suspect (driver) jumped out of the vehicle and ran down an embankment towards Mono Lake. Mono County deputies took foot chase after the suspect, where after a brief foot pursuit the deputies were able to handcuff the suspect.
The suspect, 39-year-old Charles Evanson out of Vancouver, Washington, was booked into Mono County Jail for: felony evading, delaying a peace officer, and DUI of drugs.