Grass Valley man arrested after allegedly fleeing from cops, nearly hitting children |

Grass Valley man arrested after allegedly fleeing from cops, nearly hitting children

A Grass Valley man was arrested on a number of charges after allegedly fleeing from an attempted traffic stop and nearly hitting two children in the road Sunday evening.

A Grass Valley Police officer was on routine patrol near Walsh Street at about 5:45 p.m. when the officer saw a Jeep coming from South School Street roll through a stop sign, said Sgt. Clint Bates.

The Jeep reportedly sped up and turned onto Columbia Avenue.

"It's an extremely narrow road," Bates said. "A safe speed would have been about 10 mph the Jeep was observed going about 25-30 mph."

The Jeep reportedly missed an 8-year-old child on a bicycle and a 7-year-old playing, by about 3 feet.

The officer attempted a traffic stop for reckless driving, but the Jeep failed to stop and instead ran another stop sign, Bates said.

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The driver reportedly then continued driving the wrong way onto Temby Street before turning onto Pleasant Street, where the officer lost sight of the Jeep.

A perimeter was set up and officers conducted an area check, Bates said. They found the Jeep abandoned in the 300 block of Pleasant Street.

"Witnesses saw the vehicle speed into the parking lot and the driver run toward Condon Park," Bates said.

Police officers and Nevada County Sheriff's deputies located the driver — identified as Garrett Hadley Stevens — at the rear of the baseball fields in the park, Bates said.

Stevens was booked into county jail on suspicion of recklessly evading a peace officer, driving on a suspended license and committing a felony while on bail. He was released on $25,750 bail.

He was found to be in possession of a stun gun, and will face additional charges for possessing the illegal weapon, Bates said.

Stevens' most recent arrest was in May, for driving on a suspended license.

He was set to appear on that misdemeanor on Friday. He also is facing felony charges of vandalism, exhibiting a deadly weapon and taking part of a vehicle stemming from a September arrest.

He failed to appear for a May court date and a bench warrant was issued.

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

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