Sacto 9-1-1
May 10, 2012
Deja vu driving suspected in Yuba County

California Highway Patrol officers said the same man ran the same stop sign at the same intersection and again ended up in a ditch both times - the copycat crashes coming within a week of each other.

In addition, he was suspected by officers of driving under the influence on each occasion.

On May 2 about 2 a.m., according to a CHP press release, Marc M. Riendeau, 30, of Plumas Lake, was driving a Buick south on Griffith Avenue when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the T intersection of Erle Road. Riendeau continued through the intersection and hit a ditch, overturned and landed in a rice field.

He suffered cuts to his head. He was also arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.

On Tuesday about 2 a.m., according to the release, Riendeau was driving a Honda south on Griffith Avenue when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the T interection of Erle Road. Just as before, Riendeau continued through the intersection and hit a ditch.

This time he cut his face, arms and legs. He was arrested again for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Arrest reports for both crashes will be submitted to the Yuba County District Attorney's office.

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