Last Wednesday, May 18, 2022, an RV’s brakes failed as it approached a stop sign in Cloverdale’s downtown. The driver made a sharp turn to avoid colliding with another vehicle at the stoplight, bounced off a retaining wall, and finally came to a halt after smashing into the downtown streetscape. Cloverdale Police Chief Jason Ferguson told us the driver would be booked for driving under the influence of alcohol after testing over two times the legal limit.
Chief Ferguson told us 64-year-old John Ross Moore had driven the RV from the Mendocino Coast town of Fort Bragg that day and when he drove it onto the Cloverdale’s Main Street, the brakes failed. There were two passengers in the back of the RV but thankfully no injuries resulted from the collision.
Pictures sent to us by a Cloverdale resident show the extent of the damages. A retaining wall surrounding the yard of a single-story building is smashed through and limbs from nearby vegetation are strewn across the sidewalk.
It finally came to a stop after it crashed into a garden box where a tree fell from the impact onto the RV which was no longer drivable due to visible axle and wheel damage.
The photographs capture shocked bystanders looking at the aftermath of the runaway RV.
Chief Ferguson told us officers smelled alcohol on Moore’s breath, administered field sobriety tests, and breathalyzer results indicated he was impaired. He would be booked for driving under the influence.
It must be stated that the charges described have not been proven in a court of law. In accordance with the legal principle of the presumption of innocence, any individual described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.