Grass Valley man busted for meth — again |

Grass Valley man busted for meth — again

Matthew Renda
Staff Writer

Less than six weeks after leading police on a high-speed pursuit, a Grass Valley man was arrested for allegedly possessing methamphetamine with the intent to sell.

Joseph Jerome Woodruff, 29, was reportedly stopped during a routine traffic stop Friday night when officers located two glass smoking pipes and about two grams of meth, said Justin Martin of the Nevada County Sheriff's Office.

Officers said Woodruff allegedly tried to destroy the contraband upon being pulled over, Martin said. The suspect's car also reportedly contained a digital gram scale and packaging.

Woodruff was charged with four felonies, including possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell and violation of parole. A misdemeanor charge of paraphernalia possession was tacked on.

On Monday, Aug. 27, Woodruff led NCSO officers on a high-speed pursuit through Rough and Ready and Grass Valley, according to previous reports.

A deputy attempted to make a traffic stop due to vehicle code violations — the same reason Woodruff was pulled over Friday night — but the vehicle took off.

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As the chase proceeded westbound on Rough and Ready Highway, the two vehicles "blazed past" a second deputy, who joined the pursuit.

The driver of the vehicle reportedly began to lose control and hit a telephone pole near West Road, shearing it off. He then reportedly jumped out and fled.

"There was a short foot pursuit, and they lost him," said NCSO Undersheriff Joe Salivar.

"They then found him hiding in the bushes at a mobile home park."

Woodruff was allegedly found with prescription medications that were not in his name and methamphetamine.

"I think meth is a problem in every community," Martin said. "It hits everybody."

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or call 530-477-4239.

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