Redway Man Arrested for DUI After Colliding With a Utility Pole
This is a press release from the California Highway Patrol. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On January 21, 2018, at approximately 2023 hours, Laytonville CHP officers received information regarding a possible DUI driver at Gravier’s Chevron. Officers responded and observed a Ford Excursion matching the vehicle description turning westbound onto Branscomb Road. An enforcement stop was initiated. The Ford yielded to emergency lights and sirens at the intersection of Branscomb Road and Bauer Road, but prior to officer contact, the vehicle fled westbound on Branscomb Road. The vehicle ultimately collided into a utility pole in the 700 block of Branscomb Road, causing downed phone lines. The downed lines caused damage to one CHP patrol vehicle.
The driver, 37 year old Redway resident Brandon Strasser, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and evading arrest. This incident is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. Thank you to Laytonville Fire Department, Cahto Tribal Police, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and Mendocino County Roads Department for their assistance.
The phone company was contacted to repair the downed lines. One way traffic control was conducted for multiple hours.