CHP: Unlicensed Fairfield driver hits parked patrol car

By From page A4 | May 29, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Russell Crane, 24, who is accused of accidentally driving a Datsun 280Z into a California Highway Patrol car parked off Highway 70 in Sutter County, has never been issued a driver’s license, the CHP says.

Reports of a reckless driver heading southbound at about 4 p.m. Monday on the highway led a CHP officer to park next to the paved shoulder to intercept the vehicle driven by Fairfield resident Crane, the CHP said.

A vehicle matching the description provided by drivers approached the parked patrol car and was making an unsafe lane change at a high rate of speed when the 1976 Datsun 280Z rotated and slid toward the highway shoulder, the CHP said.

The front corner of the vehicle struck the rear corner of the patrol car parked near Striplin Road, the CHP said. The officer complained of pain to his neck but did not require hospital treatment.

Crane had no injuries. The Datsun was impounded because Crane is unlicensed, the CHP said, and the patrol car required towing because of damage to the vehicle.

There were no indications of drug or alcohol use by Crane, the CHP said.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

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  • 2realMay 29, 2014 - 5:25 am


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  • BobMay 29, 2014 - 7:20 am

    Ban cars they are too dangerous,

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  • SueBabyMay 29, 2014 - 7:24 am

    I bet he was one of those honkey tonk cowboys.. because if he were a homeboy or BLACK.. FF residents would be all over this numb nuts story! And the daily republic wouldn't have said he 'accidentally' ran into a CHP officer. If he was black they would have accused him of attempted murder and threatened to hang him at high noon!

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  • BMay 29, 2014 - 8:23 am

    Please do not reproduce. We dont need more stupidity in the world.

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  • JBMay 29, 2014 - 8:22 am

    Wow Sue I guess you are an expert. Were you there?

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  • JBMay 29, 2014 - 8:53 am

    Sue since when do we hang people now a days?

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  • bobby peelMay 29, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    Sue, everyone here understands that you are supposed to be stupid however, DONT ABUSE THE PRIVILEGE.

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  • SueBabyMay 29, 2014 - 3:57 pm

    @BOBBY PEEL Your Mama is stupid

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  • SueBabyMay 29, 2014 - 3:53 pm

    @JB I've seen YOU specifically post, "hang em at high noon" on articles where DR actually reports the names and photos of the offender.. Ahem, BLACK/Latino offenders that is.. and I'm STUPID for pointing it out?!

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  • General Fadi BasemMay 29, 2014 - 4:30 pm

    DR--and you censor my comments?

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  • JBMay 29, 2014 - 4:24 pm

    Sue you are sadly mistaken . Prove it.

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  • General Fadi BasemMay 29, 2014 - 4:32 pm

    She dun diddit already.

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  • chrisMay 29, 2014 - 8:03 pm

    I'm with you suebaby. What's hilarious is the daily negatory commentators who MUST oblige the community with their ridiculous assumptions usually aimed at blacks and other minorities, are in uproar because they have been challenged by THE TRUTH! this story was written far to eloquently to be in reference to a black or brown Russell crane.

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  • tanyaMay 30, 2014 - 4:34 pm

    to all who says that Mr. Crane is supposed to be white he actually mixed so now you all sound stupid for your racial comments and believe this the boy really has never been in trouble with the l;aw except having a butterfly knife in richmond ca.he is really is a good kid so leave the DR alone i read it everyday and if what you say is true then and " sorry to say " its because they are getting caught for there crimes more then any other race ... and i am latina..

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  • SueBabyJune 03, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    That's GOT to be a fake reply.. JB are dressing up i your mother's clothes again and calling yourself Tanya? Oh well.. I tried.. Tanya you SUPER STUPID! You are not helping him?! or any bi-racials or latinas with your comment.. Have several seats.. Look there's one there.. there and over there! Pick one and get your life! Im making a point to DR not YOU dummy!!

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