Already on probation for DUI, drug-influenced driver arrested after Anderson crash

ANDERSON, Calif., — Authorities say a Redding man who was already on probation for a prior driving under the influence conviction was arrested again for DUI/Drugs after crashing into a light pole in Anderson this morning, Sundday, Oct. 17.


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City of Anderson police officers and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of North Street and Sharon Avenue after receiving reports of the crash, APD has since said in a social media release.

When officials arrived they found a silver Mazda passenger vehicle that had collided with a light pole.

Steven Bennett of Redding was arrested for DUI/Drugs after a collision that knocked an Anderson light pole down this morning. Anderson PD photos

The vehicle sustained major front-end damage and the light pole that was struck, which was sheered off at the base, was found down in the roadway.

While speaking with the driver of the vehicle, since identified as 57-year-old Steven Bennett, officers learned he was on probation for a prior DUI. Investigating officers also believed Bennett was showing signs of recent drug use, and subsequent DUI tests conducted by a Drug Recognition Expert resulted in the driver’s arrest.

Based on their investigation, Bennett was booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding, according to officials. However, online jail records as of 11:30 a.m. indicate he either had not yet been booked or is no longer in custody.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.