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Tahoe man faces felony DUI charge after striking motorcyclist

Kevin MacMillan
Benjamin William Highfield, 34, of Olympic Valley.
Courtesy Nevada County Jail |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A local man was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving after he struck a motorcyclist Monday night in Truckee, according to police.

A Truckee Police Department officer drove up on a vehicle vs. motorcycle collision that occurred in the intersection of Brockway Road and Highway 267 at about 7 p.m. Monday.

The motorcyclist, a 32-year-old Truckee man, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital, according to a TPD statement. The motorcyclist is expected to recover from his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle — Benjamin William Highfield, 34, of Olympic Valley — was arrested and booked into Nevada County Jail on suspicion of a felony charge of DUI causing bodily injury and for misdemeanor DUI.

“In most circumstances where a DUI collision involves an injury, the driver can be charged with a felony violation,” officers said in a statement. “Just a few drinks after work can dramatically change the direction of your life and the life of others.”

According to police, Highfield has one prior DUI conviction and currently is on court probation for DUI.

Highfield’s bail was set Monday at $75,000.

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