Man likely on drugs arrested in Truckee after wrecking truck into tree |

Man likely on drugs arrested in Truckee after wrecking truck into tree

David Wayne Johnson

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Authorities arrested a Northern California man Thursday on suspicion of felony charges after police say he was on drugs during a late-night pursuit that ended with him ramming his truck into a tree and injuring a female passenger.

At about 3 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, Truckee Police officers responded to a report of a domestic violence incident at the 12000 block of Greenwood Drive, within the Prosser Lakeview Estates neighborhood.

After officers responded, the suspect — David Wayne Johnson, 52, of Sacramento — drove away in a blue Ford F-150 truck with a “female hanging onto to the rear of the vehicle,” police said.

Officers later located the vehicle on northbound Highway 89, with the female inside, and a traffic stop was attempted.

After a pursuit, Johnson reportedly lost control of his truck on Alder Creek Road near the Carpenter Valley Road intersection and collided with a tree.

The unidentified female fled a short distance on foot before being detained, police said. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the collision and was transported by paramedics to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

“Both Johnson and the female displayed the symptoms of being under the influence of an illegal stimulant drug. Drug paraphernalia was also located in the vehicle,” police said.

Johnson was booked shortly before 6 a.m. in the Nevada County Jail in Truckee on felony charges of driving under the influence and causing injury, assault with a deadly weapon, and evading police, along with misdemeanor battery and DUI charges.

His bail is set at $75,000.

The woman is expected to eventually be charged with felony domestic violence and being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to police.