By Larry Judkins
Glenn County Observer
Glenn County Sheriff Richard L. Warren, Jr., sustained major injuries after the motorcycle he was riding crashed early Sunday afternoon in Butte County.
At about 1:15 p.m. on June 26, Sheriff Warren was riding a 2021 Harley Davidson west on Ord Ferry Road, just west of Emily Way.
He was off duty at the time.
According to a news release from the Chico area office of the California Highway Patrol, Warren, 55, of Willows, drove the motorcycle through a right-hand curve, left the roadway, and collided with a fence.
The impact caused the driver to be thrown from the Harley and he struck the ground.
Sheriff Warren was transported to Enloe Medical Center in Chico for what the CHP described as “possible serious injuries”. (A moderator of the Facebook page, Butte County Fires, Accidents, Crimes [BCFAC] wrote that he was transported by Enloe FlightCare helicopter.)
According to the CHP, Warren was wearing his helmet at the time of the accident and “[d]istracted driving or driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol was not a factor in this collision.”
A number of commentators on the BCFAC Facebook page stated they saw more than one motorcyclist on Ord Ferry Road that afternoon. A little later in the afternoon, this Glenn County Observer reporter saw three dozen or so bikers heading west on Highway 32, east of Orland.
A commentator on the BCFAC page posted, “HOG riders were in Chico this weekend for a ride. Harley Owners Group.”
Another post read, “I passed by as well and I couldn’t believe the incredible response! Enloe FlightCare, two engines and lots of police support. This person received the best chance for recovery. Sending prayers!”
According to a press release from the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, “Per Policy, Undersheriff [Jason] Dahl has assumed the role of Acting Sheriff until the time Sheriff Warren returns to the office.”