Hit-and-run in Trinity River area ends with both parties arrested

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JUNCTION CITY, Calif. - A hit-and-run Wednesday morning resulted in both parties involved being arrested, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

On Nov. 15 at around 8 a.m., CHP Trinity River Area received a dispatch call of a hit-and-run collision on Dutch Creek Road just south of SR-299 involving a white Subaru and a black Chevrolet pickup truck.

While CHP officers were conducting interviews with the involved parties, they said their investigation uncovered evidence which lead to an ongoing dispute between William Cates and Robert Leighton, the two involved in the crash.

After reviewing the witnesses's and statements of the men, along with looking over the evidence, it was determined Cates, while driving his Chevrolet pickup, intentionally rammed the rear of the white Subaru which Leighton was driving.

CHP officers located Cates driving west on SR-299 out of Weaverville and arrested him for 242 P.C. - Battery and 245(a)(1) P.C. - Assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm. Cates was transported and booked into the Trinity County Jail.

Meanwhile, CHP officers were interviewing Leighton at Trinity Hospital where he was receiving treatment for the earlier incident with Cates. CHP Redding Dispatch notified the officers of a felony warrant out for Leighton's arrest by the Trinity County District Attorney's office in October. The warrant was for criminal threats, giving false information to a peace officer and driving on a suspended license.

After receiving medical treatment and being released by the hospital, Leighton was placed under arrest for the warrant. He was transported and booked into the Trinity County Jail just.

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