A Grass Valley man who reportedly went to dangerous lengths to evade capture after being caught in the middle of a drug deal deferred entering a plea on multiple charges Thursday.
Ryan Duane Hauck, 25, reportedly fractured his wrist and several bones in his face Dec. 4 after he leaped from a second-story walkway, catching his foot on a planter and plummeting head-first to the ground before jumping up and fleeing on foot.
According to Deputy District Attorney Oliver Pong, prior to that Hauck swung at Grass Valley Police Sgt. Clint Bates and was only arrested after a subsequent chase and the deployment of a Taser.
Pong cited the flight risk in arguing against a request by Hauck’s public defender, Jody Schutz, for a bail reduction during a hearing in Nevada County Superior Court.
Hauck was charged with possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer and destroying or concealing evidence. Pong did ask that one charge, that of committing a felony while on bail, be dismissed as incorrect.
Schutz noted that with the exception of the drug charge, all of the counts filed against Hauck are misdemeanors.
Judge Linda Sloven agreed, reducing his bail in the case to $10,000. She also set bail at $5,000 each in two outstanding misdemeanor cases in which he was being held without bail.
Hauck is set to enter a plea when he returns to court Dec. 19.
In other court news:
The preliminary hearing into the evidence against two suspects in a vehicle break-in has been set for Jan. 2.
Brad Lee Pinneo, 34, and Christopher Robert Wilson, 25, were arrested Dec. 2 after the victim of the break-in spotted them leaving the store where they reportedly had disposed of many of the stolen Frisbee golf discs. After being confronted by the victim, Wilson reportedly pointed a folding knife with the blade exposed at him before fleeing. Both men have been charged with second-degree burglary and possession of stolen property, and Wilson faces an additional charge of exhibiting a deadly weapon.
They will return to court Dec. 19 for a felony conference.
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