At 2:40 a.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014, a 23-year-old Colusa man was speeding down E Street, in Williams. The driver crashed into a raised flower planter box in the center median, uprooting plants and destroying the town’s “Welcome” signs.
The driver, identified as Nico Valencia, was traveling westbound on E Street in a white, Chevrolet Malibu, at an estimated speed of 60 MPH in a 25 MPH zone.
According to the Williams Police Department, during the time of the collision, Officer, Eduardo Barajas was parked near the intersection where the collision occurred.
The officer witnessed Valencia failing to stop at the intersection of 5th, and E street, speeding towards him. As Valencia crossed the railroad tracks, he allowed his vehicle to collide with the raised flower planter box in the center median.
The impact of the collision was so forceful that the vehicle became airborne; the vehicle subsequently landed on its wheels and came to a rest at the intersection of 6th and E Streets.
Due to the impact, the engine compartment ignited in flames.
The driver then exited the vehicle and fled the scene and was quickly detained near the intersection of F Street and 6th Street.
The Williams Fire Department were dispatched to extinguish the flames.
No other persons were inside the vehicle.
Valencia was transported to the Colusa Regional Medical Center for medical evaluation before being booked into the Colusa County Jail.
An estimate of the damage caused from the collision was unavailable at the time of press; however, it is suspected to be over $750.
Valencia is charged with Driving under the Influence of Alcohol with a blood alcohol level of 0.10%, and hit and run. Bail was set at $2,000.
There were no injuries as a result of this collision. ■