JANUARY 7, 2010

This vehicle drove off Gilbert Grade at approximately milepost 41.5, Highway 7, on Jan. 5.

Vehicle off the road on Gilbert Grade

   A 37-year-old Nezperce resident survived with minor injuries after ice caused her to drive her vehicle 150 feet off the edge of Gilbert Grade, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office.

   At approximately 7:39 a.m. Jan. 5, Chief Deputy Rick Miller of the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle off the road on Gilbert Grade, Highway 7.

   Upon investigating, Miller located vehicle tracks leading over the edge at milepost 41.5, and spotted a vehicle approximately 150 feet down the nearly vertical hillside, according to CCSO.

   Miller was able to make verbal contact with the vehicle‘s driver and sole occupant, Dee Dee Arnzen of Nezperce, and determined that she had minor injuries.

   Arnzen stated that she had been travelling northbound when she struck some ice, causing the vehicle to go in the ditch, then turn around and go over the bank, according to CCSO.

   Arnzen was recovered off the hillside by personnel of the Clearwater County Ambulance and Orofino Fire Department's Rescue Unit. Arnzen was transported to Clearwater Valley Hospital for evaluation, according to CCSO. Orofino Body Shop recovered the vehicle.