County snoplow driver arrested on DUI charge |

County snoplow driver arrested on DUI charge

A El Dorado County snowplow driver was arrested for driving under the influence Thursday afternoon after he hit a parked car while plowing a residential street in Meyers.

California Highway Patrol officers said that after failing a field sobriety test, Kevin Beam attempted to run away through the heavy snow, leaving his plow behind. It took three officers to subdue Beam, 35, and place him under arrest. During the arrest Beam allegedly tried to hit one of the officers.

The owner of the car had parked out in the street, at the corner of Hopi Avenue and Crow Street around 4:20 p.m., while he attempted to clear his driveway. The tires of the grader hit the car causing minor damage, a CHP spokesperson said.

Beam reportedly admitted that he had been drinking when officers questioned him. Officers said after arresting Beam they learned he was a parolee from El Dorado County for a conviction of making terrorist threats. His parole agent was contacted about the incident and his parole was revoked. Beam was booked into the El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and assault. It’s likely Beam will return to prison.

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