SIERRA COUNTY, CA - A northern California man has been arrested, accused of violating probation after being sentenced for hitting five cows, running over a cattle dog and threatening to run over several riders on horseback during a cattle drive in Pike City.
The Sierra County Sheriff's Office says cow hands from the Reader Ranch, in north San Juan/Nevada City, were doing their annual cattle drive in the area of Henness Pass in June 2011. They were driving their cattle for a short distance on Ridge Road, which connects SR-49 to the Sierra County towns of Pike City and Alleghany. During the cattle drive, a driver struck the cows and severely injured a cattle dog named “Maggie” and threatened striking the riders on horseback. The driver then drove off.
Justin Philip Lombardobarton of Camptonville was arrested and pleaded no contest and sentenced to probation and time served, according to the Sacramento Bee. Sierra County began searching for him again after terms of probation were violated, and he was tracked and arrested late Saturday night, May 25, 2013.
Pike City is a small residential community in southwestern Sierra County where Sierra, Nevada and Yuba counties meet near the Middle Fork of the Yuba River. It is about 35 minutes north of Nevada City.