Deputy in close call with DUI driving suspect

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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A Sacramento man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a near-collision with a patrol vehicle in North Auburn, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said today.

The near-miss took place Jan. 6 on Highway 49 near New Airport Road.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was driving on Highway 49 when a car quickly came up on him and swerved into his lane.

“Luckily, the deputy quickly moved into the next lane to avoid being hit,” the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The driver is alleged by the Sheriff’s Office to have sped away, reaching as much as 80 mph in a 45 mph zone.

The deputy caught up and pulled the car over. A check of the driver indicated that he was likely under the influence of alcohol while operating the car, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Initially, the driver refused to get out of the car and then handed over a driver’s license that belonged to someone else, the report said.

Eventually, documents found inside the vehicle identified the driver as 27-year-old Franklin Wesley of Sacramento.

Wesley was booked into the Placer County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, false impersonation and resisting arrest.