John Born Road search reveals suspected chop shop |

John Born Road search reveals suspected chop shop

Darryl Skelton

Nevada County Sheriff's deputies conducting a probation search on John Born Road Thursday arrested two men on warrants — and uncovered a suspected chop shop operation.

Deputies found seven people at the residence in the 19000 block, said Sheriff Keith Royal. Michael Dalmau, 50, was arrested for failing to appear on a misdemeanor warrant and was booked and released on $2,500 bail.

Darryl Wayne Skelton, 45, was arrested for failing to appear on a felony charge and was being held in county jail on $100,000 bail.

Skelton had been arrested Aug. 3 after reportedly leading Nevada County Sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase down Rough and Ready Highway that ended when his vehicle drove over a spike strip.

Even though his car was totally disabled, he kept trying to drive away, and eventually was Tased, Royal said at the time. Deputies reportedly found meth and marijuana, packing supplies and drug paraphernalia, as well as numerous cell phones and electronic devices.

He has been charged with evading a peace officer, selling a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance for sale, possession of a vehicle with an altered VIN, false registration, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest.

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The warrant was issued after he failed to appear for arraignment.

The deputies serving the warrant at the John Born Road residence also found what is believed to be a chop shop, Royal said. The California Highway Patrol was called in to investigate.

There were numerous vehicles in various stages of repair on the property. After running their VIN numbers, three Harley Davidson motorcycles reportedly were found to have had numbers that had been tampered with.

"One for sure is stolen," said CHP Officer Greg Tassone, adding that the other two motorcycles and some Harley parts were seized for further investigation.

A firearm also was located that was discovered to be missing from Sacramento County and is being investigated as a possible theft.

Two marijuana gardens were abated on the same day on other properties on John Born Road for being in violation of the county's medical marijuana cultivation ordinance.

One consisted of 200 mature plants that were between 8 to 12 feet tall, Royal said.

The garden had a "sophisticated" solar-powered drip system and extensive camouflage and lacked a permitted structure, as well as exceeding the permitted square footage, Royal added.

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

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