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Suspected DUI driver hits bicycle on Nord Avenue

By Jerry Olenyn, jolenyn@krcrtv.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:47:26 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 10 2013 08:53:04 PM CDT
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CHICO, Calif. -

A suspected impaired driver in Chico was arrested Thursday afternoon, not far from where an alleged drunk driver hit and killed Kristina Chesterman less than three weeks ago.

After a field sobriety test, Robert Thompson, 54, of Chico, was taken into custody.  Police said his car hit a man's bicycle at West Sacramento and Nord Avenue.  Ty Hagbert was walking his bicycle at the time.

Chico Police Officer David Baily said they found prescription drugs in Thompson's pockets.

“As far as I can tell there is no evidence of illegal drug use,” said Bailey.   “But obviously I can't get into the type of prescriptions they were for privacy rights.”

Police said a witness noticed Thompson passed out in his car on a green light at West Second and Walnut and called police.

Before officers got there, Thompson allegedly hit the bicycle at West Second and Nord.   A Butte County deputy made the stop and held him until police arrived.

Thompson was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI and released.

The cyclist was not hurt.

This accident happened close to the spot on Nord Avenue where Kristina Chesterman was hit and killed by alleged drunk driver almost three weeks ago

Thompson was booked on a misdemeanor of driving under the influence.  He was released and will appear in court at a later date.

A man who identified himself as Thompson's son contacted KRCR and said his father had been at the dentist, and did nothing wrong.