Nevada City man arrested for assault in flap over dog |

Nevada City man arrested for assault in flap over dog

A Nevada City man was arrested on a count of assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of resisting and obstruction Thursday after allegedly attempting to avoid a citation from an Animal Control officer, according to a press release submitted to The Union.

On May 22, around 11:18 a.m., Nevada City police officers were dispatched to Galena Way to assist a Grass Valley Animal Control officer who was attempting to give 52-year-old William Jerome Myers a citation for his dog, which was seen wandering around Pioneer Park alone.

The Animal Control officer identified the dog as belonging to Myers based on prior contacts with the animal and went to his home to issue Myers a citation for violating the county's leash law.

According to the press release, Myers became argumentative, refused to sign the citation and attempted to enter a vehicle to drive away.

The press release states that Myers nearly ran over the Animal Control officer, who was standing behind Myers' car as it began to drive off. The officer, though, was able to jump out of the vehicle's way and called Nevada City police for assistance.

As Myers pulled back into his driveway on Galena Way, Nevada City police officers were able to make contact with him, but Myers failed to comply with police officers' verbal orders. Myers was removed from his vehicle and arrested for charges of assault with a deadly weapon — his vehicle — and for being physically resistive during the time of the arrest.

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During the struggle, a police officer received minor injuries that were later treated at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Myers' dog was taken to the Grass Valley animal shelter.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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