Monday, 15 July 2024

REGIONAL: Woman arrested after driving pickup into reservoir

ELK CREEK – A Williams woman was arrested Saturday after she drove a pickup into the Stony Gorge Reservoir near Elk Creek.


Carmen Sanchez Delgado, 25, was arrested following the incident, which occurred just after 7 p.m., according to Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones.


The California Highway Patrol received a 911 cell phone call reporting than a subject had driven their pickup into the Stony Gorge Reservoir, Jones said. The caller reported that the driver and only known occupant had been able to escape and swim to shore prior to the pickup submerging beneath the surface.


Glenn County Sheriff's Deputy Ronelle Knouse was dispatched to assist the CHP, Jones said. As the deputy and CHP were responding, Elk Creek Fire Department personnel, who had arrived on scene, were reporting the female, later identified as Delgado, was combative towards them.


Sheriff’s Sgt. Loren Bouldin and County Service Officer Barry Corbin of the Sheriff’s Marine Enforcement Unit were dispatched. Jones said the vehicle was located by Sgt. Bouldin in about 7 feet of water and marked with a floating buoy.


Delgado, with the assistance of Deputy Knouse, was taken into custody by the CHP, and transported and booked into the Glenn County Jail in Willows for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest, Jones said.


The Glenn County Sheriff’s Office followed protocols for contaminants in a navigable waterway, notifying Fish & Game, the Bureau of Reclamation, Cal-EMA and the State Water Resources Control Board. Jones said officials at Black Butte Reservoir assisted by providing contaminant containment boom material.


The following day, assisted by the Glenn-Cordora Fire Department Dive Team and the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office Marine Enforcement Unit, the pickup was removed from the reservoir, Jones said.


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