Off-duty deputy subdues alleged drunk driver following crash in Coarsegold

Elijah Johnson, 22, of Coarsegold, is facing DUI charges and resisting arrest following a crash on Highway 41 in Coarsegold.

Shortly after 10 p.m., Sunday, June 9, Lt. Tyson Pogue was southbound on Highway 41 south of Road 417 when he saw a large plume of dust. As he got closer, he could see a vehicle had just crossed the center divider and crashed into a fence in front of a local smoke shop.

Pogue, who was off-duty, pulled into the parking lot to render assistance. The suspect showed clear signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Pogue identified himself and told the driver to stay put until unformed officers could arrive.

Instead of complying, the suspect reportedly became combative. It took at least two deputy sheriff’s to take him into custody without further incident.

Johnson was transported to Madera County Department of Corrections where he was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting arrest.