Truck driver in Emerald Bay accident held, bail at $250,000 |

Truck driver in Emerald Bay accident held, bail at $250,000

William Ferchland

A man who drove a truck that was involved in a fatal car wreck along Emerald Bay Road was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale, a felony, California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Gwaltney said.

Tracy Lloyd Rippetoe, 42, was booked into El Dorado County Jail on Friday with bail set at $250,000.

Rippetoe was also arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

On July 8, Rippetoe was involved in a wreck that killed Kimberly White, a 41-year-old Campbell woman, and sent White’s sister to the hospital with internal injuries. Rippetoe suffered a cut lip and a bloody nose.

“For the past two weeks the collision has been under investigation by a joint task force of the California Highway Patrol, SLEDNET (South Shore’s drug enforcement team) and the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office,” Gwaltney said.

Gwaltney would not comment if Rippetoe was under the influence when the accident occurred.

“That is under investigation,” he said.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call the California Highway Patrol at (530) 577-1001.

In other news:

— Four vehicles on Thursday and one on Wednesday were reported stolen within city limits, according to South Lake Tahoe police dispatch logs.

Two were recovered. The stolen cars include a white 1988 Ford Tempo taken from South Tahoe High School, a trailer with two dirt bikes nabbed from Embassy Suites Resort and a 1984 red Honda Prelude also taken from Embassy Suites Hotel, the log stated.

Anyone with information on the stolen vehicles are asked to call Secret Witness at (530) 541-6800.

— Empty beer bottles, discarded cigarettes and strange clothes strewn about a condominium on the 200 block of Tramway Drive was reported by the 39-year-old owner from Litchfield Park, Ariz., a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The man hadn’t visited his condo since February. He contacted the next-door neighbors who said they saw some people in the residence but didn’t have specifics.

— A 21-year-old from Long Beach was arrested on suspicion of battery with a deadly weapon after he used a beer bottle to smack another person in the head at Lakeside Inn & Casino, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The man reportedly received a bump behind his ear. The bottle thrower received a fat lip and broken nose during the altercation. He was booked into Douglas County Jail at $25,000 bail.

— A missing $300 political sign that read “Elect Doug Johnson, Commissioner” was reported missing by Johnson, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The sign, 8 feet wide and 4 feet high, was located on the fence of Edgewood Golf Course. Edgewood employees reportedly called Johnson earlier this month to tell him the sign was moved, the deputy said.

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