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Date and Time of Release: 6 September 2012

Date and Time of Incident: 5 September 2012 at approx. 11:39 pm

Subject: Felony DUI Accident and Arrest
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5 September 2012, at approx. 11:39 pm, Officers from the Sonora Police Department responded to a reported rollover accident at the intersection of North Shepherd Street and Elkin Street.

When Officers arrived at the scene they located a 1985 Toyota 4Runner on its side, along with two injured female passengers; and approximately 20 feet of wooden guardrail that had been destroyed as a result of the accident.

The driver of the vehicle ran from the accident scene as Officers arrived. The driver was later located at his residence nearby. He was identified as James Nathan 38 of Sonora. Nathan was uncooperative and taken into custody for felony driving under the influence and felony hit and run. Nathan has a prior driving under the influence conviction. Nathan received minor injuries. After being medically cleared, he was transported to the Tuolumne Jail and booked.

The passengers were identified as Ann Kelly, 21 of Sonora and Natalie Morse, 23 of Sonora, both of which were also uncooperative and had been drinking. Kelly received major facial injuries and was transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center, then later transferred to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Morse had visible injuries but refused medical treatment.