Round UFO takes California witness by surprise in rural Sierraville

A California witness encountered a blinding light from a “round-shaped object” directly overhead in rural Sierraville, followed by missing time and little recall of driving home to Truckee on August 17, 2010, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

California Route 89 connects Truckee to Sierrville.
Photo: Mapquest.

The encounter began in Truckee, a small town west of Reno, just after 1 a.m. when the witness decided to drive to Sierraville – but had no idea why.

The drive from Truckee to Sierraville is along California Route 89 – about 24 miles. The witness states that the UFO was not seen from a distance, but was suddenly noticed as a “blinding light” that caused the witness to stop the car.

The witness then says the car stalled out, although that may have been due to the witness being nervous behind the wheel and letting the clutch out too fast. The witness noted the arrival time in Sierraville as 4:01 a.m. The witnesses’ next recollection is “waking up” and seeing that the time was now 4:18 a.m. The witness eventually made it back home, but does not recall driving home. suggests that the 24-mile drive between Truckee and Sierraville would take someone 32 minutes, so it is unclear based on the public portion of the report how the witness left Truckee after 1 a.m. and arrived three hours later in Sierraville. Check map here.

The following is the unedited and as yet uninvestigated report filed with MUFON. Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or man made. If California MUFON investigates and reports back on this case, I will release an update. Please report UFO activity to

CA, August 17, 2010 – I didn’t see it till it was too late. MUFON Case # 25142.

All I know that it was a round shaped looking object and it was on a route in Sierraville in the middle of nowhere. I was driving after my friends left at around 1am and I had no idea why but I wanted to drive to Sierraville.

There is nothing in Sierraville but farm land that is surrounded by mountains in a valley. I didn’t even see it coming.

All I know is that it appeared almost overhead of me and I saw a blinding light which caused me to stop. My car stalled but probably because I drive stick shift and stalled. Problem is that I couldn’t start up again and I quickly looked at the clock and it read around 4:01am. And that’s all I remember.

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