Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Ukiah Traffic Fatality Leads to Arrest of Driver for Alleged DUI & Other Charges

An image of the traffic incident described in the press release from California Highway Patrol [Picture provided by a Ukiah resident]

This is a press release from the California Highway Patrol. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On 08-22-2020, at approximately 0820 hrs., a white RAM 3500 driven by Dylan Pullins was traveling in the S/B traffic lanes of US-101 approaching Perkins St., at a high rate of speed. As the RAM 3500 approached Perkins St., Pullins made a sharp right turn in the direction of the Perkins St. off-ramp. Pullins was unable to maintain control of the RAM 3500 as it entered the gore point and the front end of the vehicle collided with a tree.The right front passenger of the RAM 3500, identified as Garrett Taylor, was trapped inside the vehicle by engine compartment intrusion into the passenger compartment and a damaged right front passenger door. The RAM 3500 subsequently caught fire and despite the efforts of Good Samaritans who arrived on scene, Taylor was unable to be extricated before succumbing to the heat and smoke.

Pullins was subsequently contacted at the scene and transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center (UVMC), where he was treated for minor injuries. Pullins was arrested by the California Highway Patrol at UVMC for Felony DUI, Gross Vehicle Manslaughter, False Information to a Peace Officer and False Impersonation. Pullins was medically cleared at UVMC and booked at the Mendocino County Jail. The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Ukiah Police Department (UPD), Mendocino County Sheriffs’ Office (MCSO), Caltrans, UVFA Fire and Medstar responded to the scene. US-101 S/B to Perkins St. was shut down until approximately 1145 hrs. to accommodate the collision investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the Ukiah Area CHP office.>

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