Man Arrested for Intentionally Ramming Subaru With His Pickup

This is a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

CHP California Highway PatrolOn November 15, 2017 at approximately 7:53 AM, the California Highway Patrol, Trinity River Area, received a dispatch call of hit and run collision on Dutch Creek Road just south of SR-299 involving a white Subaru and a black Chevrolet pickup.

While CHP officers were conducting interviews with the involved parties, their investigation uncovered evidence which lead to an ongoing dispute between William Cates (aka Buster) and Robert Leighton (aka Bobby). After reviewing the witness’s and involved party statements along with looking over the evidence, it was determined Cates, while driving his Chevrolet pickup, intentionally rammed the rear of the white Subaru which Leighton was driving.

CHP officers located Cates driving west on SR-299 out of Weaverville and arrested Cates for 242 P.C. – Battery and 245(a)(1) P.C. – Assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm. Cates was transported and booked into the Trinity County Jail at 10:25 AM.

CHP officers were interviewing Leighton at Trinity Hospital while he was receiving treatment for the earlier incident with Cates. CHP Redding Dispatch notified the officers a Felony Warrant was issued for Leighton’s arrest by the Trinity County District Attorney’s office in October for criminal threats, giving false information to a peace officer, and driving on a suspended driver license. Having received medical treatment and being released by the hospital, Leighton was placed under arrest for the warrant. Leighton was transported and booked into the Trinity County Jail just after 11:00 AM.



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