Visitor Report Leads to Mammoth Arrest

A visitor in Mammoth Lakes heard about and perhaps saw pictures of the horrible wreck south of Bishop last Monday. So, mlpd_3-23-10when he saw a man who appeared drunk get out of a vehicle at McDonalds, he called police. Not another tragedy, he thought.

Police responded and found 56-year-old Michael Skelton of Oregon was intoxicated and driving on a suspended license. The man had prior DUIs, according to officers. Mammoth Police Sergeant Karen Smart said the man was “well over .08” blood alcohol.

Officers also found a loaded 44 magnum gun on his front seat. Police had the cell phone number of the visitor who reported the suspicious man. They called back to say he was right.

A thoughtful visitor with a sharp memory of a highway tragedy.

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