Woman on life support following vehicle v pedestrian accident; driver charged with DUI

WINNEMUCCA — The driver of a pickup truck that struck a woman in the Khoury’s Market parking lot on Saturday (Sept. 17) has been charged with DUI causing substantial bodily harm.

John M. Farley, 30, of Silver City, NM, was booked into the Humboldt County Detention Center where bail was set at $100, 809.00.

The woman is at Renown Medical Center in Reno where she remains on life support.  Her name was not released.

According to a statement released by Winnemucca Police Chief Eric Silva, the preliminary investigation revealed the pickup had been traveling southbound on Grass Valley Rd. when it turned into the parking lot and allegedly struck the victim with the left front portion of the vehicle.  The vehicle then came to a stop on top of the victim and had to be backed off the victim by the driver.

Silva noted during the course of the investigation it was revealed that Farley had been consuming an alcoholic beverage.

Farley was administered a set of field sobriety tests, but he did not complete the tests in a satisfactory manner and was subsequently taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.  Farley was transported to Humboldt General Hospital where, as part of investigative protocol, he was subjected to a series of blood draws to determine his blood alcohol content.

He was later booked into the Humboldt County Detention Center where he remains in custody.

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