In a bizarre coincidence, an accused drunken driver struck and seriously injured a woman who had previously stolen his Chevy pickup, court documents say.
Adam Russell Goss, 30, has pleaded not guilty to three felonies including DUI causing injury in the Feb. 4 Oildale collision.
According to court documents, Goss told California Highway Patrol officers he hit a bicyclist and fled the scene because he panicked. Officers later tracked him to his father’s home, where he had been staying.
The bicyclist, Andrea Webb, pleaded no contest in January to taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. Documents filed by the CHP indicate the vehicle was Goss’ pickup, which was later recovered.
Investigators do not believe Goss intentionally struck Webb.
“This opinion arrived through this investigation, based on how the collision happened as well as Goss’ elevated level of intoxication, leans toward this being a tragic coincidence, rather than an intentional act,” CHP Officer Scott Evans wrote.
Webb suffered major injuries but survived.
According to the documents, officers interviewed two people whom Goss contacted immediately after abandoning his pickup in an alley. The witnesses said Goss ran to their house and told them he just hit someone with his truck.
The witnesses advised him to stay, but he left after telling them he would turn himself in.
Instead, Goss ran to his father's home and went to sleep, the documents said. Officers found him in a hallway, his body sprawled halfway into an adjacent bedroom.
Officers woke Goss up and noticed he had red, watery eyes, his speech was slurred and he had trouble walking by himself, the documents said. He performed poorly on a series of field sobriety tests.
His blood alcohol content was reportedly 0.13 percent, above the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Goss told officers he was drinking Southern Comfort at his father's house but left after he and his father, whom he's caring for, got into an argument.
Officers said Goss drove a pickup south on Sequoia Drive around 9:50 p.m. and crossed over solid double yellow lines into the northbound lane near Sharon Place, striking Webb as she rode a bicycle in the northbound lane.
The impact detached the pickup's front license plate, which officers found in the roadway. Officers located the pickup, with the matching back plate, in a nearby alley.
In 2006, Goss pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of DUI with bodily injury, according to court records.
He's next due in court on Tuesday.