Argument in moving vehicle causes near collision

A mother and son were arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and battery on Friday after an argument that broke out inside a moving vehicle nearly caused a head on collision. 

Lt. Elden Tamez, of the Colusa Police Department, said Mary E. Ross, 57, of Colusa, was driving on Bridge Street at around 2:45 PM, on Jan. 4, 2019, when she said her son, Jeffrey B. Ross, Jr., 30, grabbed the steering wheel during an argument, causing her 1992 Ford Bronco to veer into oncoming traffic. 

Tamez said Jeffrey Ross denies causing the accident and claims the near collision was the fault of his mother.

“Each are blaming the other,” Tamez said. 

A woman who was driving the vehicle that Mary Ross nearly hit called the police and officers from the Colusa Police Department, the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department, and an Enloe Ambulance responded. All those involved in the incident pulled to side of the road at the corner of Bridge and Clay streets, after the near collision, including Mary Ross, who had a grandchild in the vehicle.

“They did the right thing by pulling over after nearly causing the accident – and they waited for us,” Tamez said. 

Mary and Jeffrey Ross were booked into the Colusa County Jail, each on $50,000 bail, primarily for the child endangerment charge (penal code 273a), Tamez said, which, under California law, punishes someone for putting a child in danger, even if the child was not injured, and could be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. 

Both the mother and son have had previous contact with police. 

“They are known to us,” Tamez said.