According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 1:05 AM, the man – identified as Gerald R. Wells – was driving his 2009 Chevy pickup on westbound Maxwell Road, west of Highway 45, at an unknown speed, when he allowed his vehicle to veer off the south roadway edge. The pickup went down an embankment and overturned into the irrigation ditch, and the cabin of the vehicle became submerged in water.
A passing motorist stopped when they saw the truck in the canal, and told a dispatcher that they could hear someone trapped inside. Colusa Police Officer David Jackson was the first to arrive on scene, followed closely by Sgt. Jarrod Hughes. The two removed some of their equipment and jumped into the canal to save the man. Jackson broke one of the pickup’s windows, and the two officers were able to remove Wells from it.
“Officer Jackson and Sgt. Hughes did a good job with that,” Senior Sgt. Eldon Tamez said.
CHP arrived on scene and took over the investigation, at which point they determined that Wells was driving under the influence of alcohol. Wells was taken to the Colusa Medical Center, where he was treated for scrapes and cuts.