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February 21, 2013
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Man arrested on DUI after allegedly hitting tree

A 22-year-old Carson City man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Saturday morning after a Douglas County Sheriff's deputy allegedly found him driving with the driver-side air bag deployed.

The deputy stopped the man near the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Graystone Way about 4:40 a.m. after noticing the Nissan truck he was driving swerve into onto the shoulder several times, according to a deputy's report.

The deputy then saw the airbag was deployed and the front end of the vehicle was heavily damaged, according to the report. The deputy also allegedly smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle told the deputy he struck a tree somewhere on Kingsbury Grade and said he left the scene of the crash due to his level of intoxication, according to the report.

A preliminary breath test showed the man's blood alcohol content was .221 percent, nearly three times the legal limit. He was evaluated at Barton Memorial Hospital before being booked into Douglas County's Stateline Jail.

On Thursday afternoon, a second deputy located the suspected scene of the crash near the intersection of Kingsbury Grade and Granite Springs Drive after a nearby resident reported hearing the collision, according to the report.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Feb 21, 2013 10:04PM Published Feb 21, 2013 10:03PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.