Man, 19, arrested in hit-and-run at NorCal cattle drive
June 26, 2011
DOWNIEVILLE, Calif. and#8212; A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run incident at a cattle drive making its way through remote Sierra County.
The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office says deputies took suspect Justin Phillip into custody Friday near Camptonville in Yuba County.
Investigators say Phillip is suspected of striking five cows, running over a cattle dog and threatening to hit several horseback riders with his SUV during a cattle drive hosted by Reader Ranch on June 19.
The annual event makes its way from the Nevada County ranch northeast to the unincorporated community of Pike in Sierra County.
KCRA-TV reports that Phillip is being held on $100,000 bail in the Sierra County Jail in Downieville on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and animal cruelty.