News & Events


Date and Time of Release: 6 March 09
Date and Time of Incident: 5 March 09, at approx. 3:34 pm
Subject: Hit and Run/DUI Arrest


5 March 09, at approx. 3:34 pm, the Sonora Police Department received a report of a vehicle ramming another vehicle on Mono Way. Then pulling into the Crossroads Starbucks parking lot, where it struck a parked vehicle.

Officers stopped the vehicle as it was leaving the shopping center and made contact with the driver, who was identified as Richard Readel, 62 of Sonora. Readel denied hitting any vehicles and couldn’t figure out why officers were stopping him.

The reporting party related that Readel had been following her through town and he struck her vehicle from behind several times as she slowed for traffic in front of her. She also observed him hit a parked vehicle in the Starbucks parking lot then drive off without leaving a note.

Readel was arrested and transported to the Tuolumne County Jail where he was booked for;

  • Misdemeanor hit and run
  • Misdemeanor driving under the influence
  • Misdemeanor being under the influence of a controlled substance

For more information contact Chief Stinson at the Sonora Police Department, phone (209) 532-8141.