By Christopher Baker

TUOLUMNE COUNTY (CBS13) — A Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputy was nearly hit by a pickup truck shortly before arresting the driver for other charges.

On May 4, at around 2 p.m., Sgt. Donaldson was traveling in the area of Wigman Road in Jamestown when his patrol car was almost hit by an erratic driver behind the wheel of a Ford pickup truck.

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Sgt. Donaldson stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, who allegedly gave him a fake name. A record check of the truck’s license revealed that the vehicle was stolen.

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After deputies had the driver exit the truck, they discovered drug paraphernalia in his pants. As deputies continued investigating, they found his identity to be 22-year-old Zachary Richardson.

Richardson was on probation for vehicle theft, and he had a felony warrant out for his arrest.

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Deputies booked the man at the Dambacher Detention Center on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, possession of drug paraphernalia, providing a false name to a peace officer, and the felony warrant.