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July 5, 2014
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Pepper-sprayed defendant to be arraigned Monday

A Grass Valley man was held to answer on a number of charges stemming from a June 1 arrest in which he reportedly fought with, fled from and got pepper-sprayed by a Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy.

The deputy was responding to a call made just before 11 a.m. of a vehicle blocking a gate on Tecolode Trail and Taylor Crossing Road.

The man inside reportedly gave a false name but was recognized by the deputy as Wyatt Allen Yoder, 27, who was on post-release community supervision for a drug-related conviction.

During a search, Yoder reportedly was found with suspected methamphetamine. He tried to fight the deputy, and then ran, reportedly nose-diving into some gravel, then getting up in a fighting stance.

The deputy reportedly hit Yoder with several doses of pepper spray in the face, but he fled into the woods and then back to his vehicle, getting in and driving away before becoming trapped at the end of a driveway.

Yoder was then taken into custody and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

After a preliminary hearing into the evidence against him June 26, sufficient evidence was found to hold Yoder to answer on charges of evading a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, giving false information to a police officer, and driving on a suspended license.

Formal arraignment was set for 1:30 p.m. Monday.

In other court news:

A Nevada City man has pleaded no contest to one count of battery causing serious bodily injury in an April dispute.

Galen Walter, 23, was arrested after Nevada City Police officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of Zion Street at about 1:30 a.m. for a report of numerous people in the street yelling.

The victim had left the scene, but was subsequently located and found to have sustained major injuries to his face from blunt-force trauma. Walter had reportedly assaulted the man during an argument at the residence.

Walter opted for a plea agreement in Nevada County Superior Court on June 26.

The terms of the agreement were not available, but the charge carries a maximum prison sentence of four years.

He is set for sentencing July 21.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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