Mountain Area incidents

A fire early New Year’s Day caused estimated damages of $250,000 to a Coarsegold home, located at 42273 Road 415 near the Fresno River.

Family members called 9-1-1 at 1:27 a.m., and by the time firefighters arrived, the structure was half involved. According to Cal Fire, 20 minutes later, the home was fully involved and it was a total loss. One battalion chief, a Madera County squad, four Madera County engines, two Cal Fire engines and three water tenders responded. There were no injuries, and the cause remains under investigation.

California Highway Patrol incidents

An 84-year-old Coarsegold man received minor injuries Tuesday in a accident that began in the Raley’s parking lot. According to one of the investigating CHP officers, Nick Cosentino, at about 2 p.m., Richard Emerick, driving a 2009 Lexus, backed into a parked Prius, took off at a high rate of speed, and rather than turning out of the parking lot on to Highway 49, Emerick crossed the highway for unknown reasons, hit the embankment, went airborne, slamming into the retaining walls around the dumpster at Jack-in-the-Box, overturned and bounced off a parked Toyota pick-up before coming to rest in the Jack-in-the-Box parking lot.

The Lexus gas tank was punctured, causing gasoline to flow out. Cal Fire was on scene to clean up the spill. Emerick was not coherent, and received minor injuries. He was transported to the Community Regional Medical Center.

A North Fork woman was arrested Jan. 2 after running her vehicle off the road near Redinger Lake and getting it stuck in the mud.

It was later determined by California Highway Patrol officers that the woman, Aubree Walker, 24, was pregnant and intoxicated. She was arrested for driving under the influence.