SIERRA COUNTY (CBS13) — A Livermore man is facing a felony charge for allegedly dumping sewage from his trailer into a creek in Sierra County.
The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office says, back on July 5, an off-duty detective was driving on Highway 49 when he drove by a pickup hauling a trailer parked on Highway 49 near Forest Service Road 9.READ MORE: 44 Structures Now Destroyed As Dixie Fire Grows To 240,795 Acres
Peter Cate, an Alameda County resident, was allegedly seen by the off-duty detective standing next to the trailer while it was dumping sewage from a black tank into a ditch.READ MORE: Search Continues For Woman Missing Following Boating Accident
As the off-duty detective noted, the sewage ran down the road, into a ditch that then drained into a nearby creek. The detective took photos of the raw sewage and reported a strong smell, noticing that toilet paper and human waste in the dirty water.
After opening an illegal dumping case, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office soon issued an arrest warrant for Cate. He was taken into custody by the Livermore Police Department later that evening, authorities say.MORE NEWS: Forward Progress Stopped In 5 Fires That Threatened Structures In Calaveras County
Cate is now facing a felony charge of illegal dumping as well as a misdemeanor of disposal of trash within 150 feet of a waterbody.