Drug bust spurs foot pursuit; 5 arrested
February 1, 2013
Several Grass Valley men reportedly ran from Narcotics officers who swarmed in after allegedly witnessing a drug transaction Friday.
After a pursuit that drew the assistance all three of Nevada County's law enforcement agencies, five men involved were arrested, according to authorities.
It all started on the 1300 block of East Main Street in Grass Valley, where members of the Nevada County Sheriff's Office's Narcotic Task Force were conducting surveillance on a residence belonging to a reprtedly known drug dealer, Patrick "Jimmy" Patterson, 37, who had five warrants out for his arrest, said Deputy Jeff Martin.
"We thought we saw a possible drug transaction in the driveway," Martin said.
As officers approached, one of the men reportedly sped off in a maroon SUV, "almost striking a detective," Martin said.
The driver allegedly left a 40-foot long trail of skid marks as he screeched into traffic on East Main Street, nearly causing multiple accidents as he crossed the center divide, Martin said.
Nevada City Police Department's Sgt. Dan Badour recognized the vehicle from radio reports on the Gold Flat Bridge over Highway 49, Martin said.
When Badour pulled behind the maroon SUV, the driver reportedly tossed something out his window onto the highway.
Badour arrested Bobby Leatherman, Martin said. Deputies later reportedly recovered one gram of methamphetamine, a handful of oxycontin and dilaudid, Martin said.
Back at the residence, Daniel Warfield, 20, was arrested without incident, however Martin said Travis Garmany, 27, reportedly fled on foot and jumped a fence only to be apprehended on the other side.
As officers searched Jonathan Trihub, 20, they reportedly found a syringe and struggle ensued, Martin said.
After deputies allegedly restrained Trihub on the ground, a further search resulted in a second syringe hidden between his buttocks, Martin said.
Around a dozen syringes were reportedly also found during a search of Patterson's residence, Martin said.
Patterson was being held in lieu of $6,000 bail on five felony probation violations and one felony charge of second degree burglary, according to the Nevada County Jail's website.
Leatherman was being held in lieu of $25,000 on two felony charges involving controlled substances. Both Garmany and Warfield were being held on previous felony charges.
Trihub was being held in leiu of $1,750 bail on two misdemeanors for possession of paraphernalia and resisting arrest.
The Grass Valley Police Department also assisted in arrests.
To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4236.
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