Man accused of fleeing DUI crash |

Man accused of fleeing DUI crash

A 45-year-old Zephyr Cove man was arrested on suspicion of a third-time DUI after crashing into a hillside on Kingsbury Grade and leaving the scene, authorities said.

David Blakemore was booked into Douglas County Jail in Minden following the incident at about 5:40 p.m. Monday. In addition to the suspected DUI, Blakemore was booked on suspicion of failing to use due care, leaving the scene of an accident and violating terms of alternative sentencing, the Nevada Highway Patrol said.

Blakemore was heading down Kingsbury Grade toward Carson Valley when the 2002 Mitsubishi sedan he was driving struck the hillside at what is often a damp or icy curve about halfway down, said Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Halsey.

Blakemore turned around and drove back up Kingsbury Grade, parking in the Tramway overflow parking area near the summit and walking away, Halsey said.

A witness had observed the accident, however, and a Douglas County deputy located the driver and detained him.

The NHP conducted sobriety tests and made the arrest. Blakemore has two previous DUI convictions in the last seven years, authorities said.

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No one was injured in the crash, but Halsey said the Mitsubishi lost its front bumper, sustained hood damage and appeared to have a damaged radiator as suggested by steam coming out from under the hood.