Arcata Fire District personnel assist CHP and ambulance at the scene of a single vehicle crash on Southbound Highway 101 near the Mad River Bridge Monday afternoon. Photo courtesy Arcata Fire
CHP Press Release
U.S. HIGHWAY 101 – On Monday, Sept. 10 at about 5 p.m., California Highway Patrol (CHP) dispatch received multiple citizen reports of a reckless vehicle driven by a DUI driver in the McKinleyville area. The vehicle was a white Chrysler LeBaron convertible. CHP officers responded and briefly located the Chrysler at the Denny’s parking lot. The officers then lost sight of the vehicle.
As the officers were searching the area for the Chrysler and the occupants, CHP dispatch began receiving reports that the Chrysler had collided into another vehicle on southbound US-101 near the Mad River Bridge. All units responded to the area.
Marcus Glen Coombs
The initial investigation revealed that a male subject still in the vehicle (identified as Marcus Glen Coombs, 25, of William, Calif.) and an outstanding male subject (identified as Chistopher G. Sanchez, 28, of Palm Desert, Calif.) had both been in the vehicle during the collision.
Upon being transported to Mad River Community Hospital for his injuries, Coombs was arrested and charged with multiple felony charges including; evading and resisting officers and felony DUI. Coombs was booked into the Humboldt County Jail. Coombs was also booked on an outstanding warrant for armed robbery. Felony hit-and-run charges and are being filed against Sanchez. The driver of the victim vehicle (Gretchen Peck, 27, of Davis, Calif.) sustained minor injuries and was not transported from the scene.
This investigation is ongoing and the collision is also still under investigation. The California Highway Patrol is requesting any information known on Christopher Giovanni Sanchez’s location be reported to CHP dispatch at (707) 268-2000