FRESNO – On September 7, 2017, Roger Vannoy, 57, was driving a green Ford Ranger truck around Olive Avenue and 99 when he was spotted making an illegal U-turn by a Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy who was in the area responding to a call for service.
The deputy and Vannoy met side by side, stopped at a red light at the intersection of Olive and Parkway, with the deputy in the left lane and Vannoy in the far right.
The light turned green, the deputy proceeded forward but Vannoy, who was in the far right lane attempted to make another illegal U-turn, He instead crashed, despite the deputy’s effort to avoid the collision, into the deputy’s vehicle passenger door.
Vannoy drove away but pulled over about a quarter mile from the accident. While pulled over, Vannoy’s female passenger tried to walk away but the deputy stopped her.
A California Highway Patrol was called to the scene to administer a sobriety test upon Vannoy, who exhibited signs of being under the influence of alcohol.
The deputy’s suspicions were confirmed – Vannoy’s blood alcohol content was .14, exceeding the legal limit of 0.08. Vannoy was charged with a misdemeanor for driving under the influence and a hit and run with property damage charge before being booked at the Fresno County Jail.
Fortunately, no one was injured and the vehicle damages were minor. However, this is not always the case and the risk is never worth it. Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and CHP remind the public not to drink and drive. If you have not designated a sober driver, arrange transportation with a taxi or a ride sharing service.