Tuolumne County Sheriff Accidentally Picks Up Hitchhiker

Tuolumne City, CA…Early this morning around 1 AM, Deputy Hammell spotted a suspicious vehicle in the Tuolumne Market parking lot in Tuolumne.



Deputy Hammell left his driver door open and walked up to the vehicle so he could speak with the occupants. Dep. Hammell returned to his patrol car after completing his investigation and found a new passenger named Ruger, sitting in his passenger seat. Ruger had made himself comfortable while Dispatch located his owner’s address from the information listed on his collar. He fell fast asleep in the warm patrol car as his owners were located. Deputy Hammell gave him a ride home and Ruger’s owners were very pleased to see him as they had been looking for him all evening.

We enjoyed having him for a short ride along this morning and are thankful we were able to return him to his family. Remember if you are lost and see a Law Enforcement Officer they will help you find your way home!