COTTONWOOD --A Cottonwood police officer was turning from SR 89A onto SR 260 Saturday at about 2 p.m. when he saw brake lights ahead and then realized that a blue van was out of control and driving into oncoming traffic. The van then collided with a white Chevrolet sedan that was stopped in front of the officer. The van then bounced off the Chevy and collided with a blue Dodge truck that was stopped.
The blue van then continued north and rear-ended a stopped grey Ford Escape.
The officer informed dispatch and got out of his patrol vehicle to check the welfare on those involved. But, suddenly, the blue van began to back up. A woman in the driver seat, was attempting to back the vehicle up and, it appeared, leave the scene of the accident.
The officer slapped at the van's window and yelled at the driver to stop her vehicle but she did not acknowledge his presence and continued to back the van away.
The officer slapped at the window again and saw that the driver was an elderly woman, who appeared confused.
Once again, the officer yelled at the woman to stop and to get out. She looked directly at the officer and was slumped on her right side and only moved her head slightly and appeared confused. But, she finally stopped and then told the officer her door would not open. He responded that she should unlock it, and after several tries, she did so. The woman said she was on the way to Walmart to pick up some medication.
Most drivers said they were OK but asked that medical crews assess the children that were in the cars.
All subjects provided valid insurance and registration.
The driver of the blue van, Judith Ann Naylor, 71, was transported to VVMC for tests and to draw blood for a toxicology test.
Dog owner acknowledges attack
CORNVILLE -- A Verde Santa Fe man says it was he and his dogs that allegedly knocked down an older woman and attacked the puppy she was walking last week near Santa Fe Parkway and Hogan Drive.
Hal Hill said he is a long-distance trucker and likes to run his dogs in the desert when he comes home but never used a leash because they would be hung up and injured if they jumped off the ATV while leashed.
His English bulldog and a pitbull puppy were riding with him on an ATV when they encountered the woman and her dog.
He said he feels badly for the lady and is sorry that it happened. He took his dogs home to contain them, but then returned to give help, and even asked a neighbor, but the woman was already gone.
When he called the animal control officer, Hal was told that he would be fined $135 for each dog that was off leash in the residential neighborhood.
He said he will have to get a harness for the dogs to ride on the small vehicle.
CAMP VERDE-A homeowners on West Saddle Creek Road in Camp Verde called the Marshal's Office late Saturday night to report a theft. A lighted reindeer placed as a yard ornament for the season had been stolen from his yard sometime that night.
The Marshal's Office reports no suspects yet in the crime.