Pursuit nabs alleged car thief
December 7, 2012
A Nevada County Sheriff's deputy responding to a request for back-up early Tuesday morning ended up in pursuit of a man driving a stolen vehicle.
The deputy was responding to the call for backup on a suspicious vehicle report on Lower Colfax and Orzalli roads at just before 5 a.m., said Capt. Jeff Powell.
He saw a vehicle in front of him suddenly accelerate, and ran its plates, Powell said. The vehicle, a 2007 Honda Civic, came back as stolen, Powell said.
The driver of the Honda allegedly failed to yield after the deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, and instead continued down Orzalli Road and turned onto Meadow Drive with the deputy in pursuit.
The pursuit of the man, who was driving about 40 mph, lasted about 1-1/2 miles, Powell said.
The driver, identified as Jason Boyce, 31, then turned into a driveway and drove to the back of the residence, where the driveway dead-ended. Boyce allegedly stopped suddenly and the two vehicles collided as he was exiting the Honda.
Boyce reportedly was found to have two baggies of methamphetamine and 10 Oxycodone pills in his possession. According to Powell, a preliminary search of the vehicle revealed property that had been reported stolen from Grass valley.
Boyce was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, evasion of a peace officer, vehicle theft and possession of a controlled substance, as well as an outstanding warrant for transporting controlled substances, Powell said. He subsequently was treated at the hospital for minor injuries; his bail amount was unavailable as of press time.
Boyce has been linked to several burglaries that occurred last week, including one that involved the theft of several firearms, said Grass Valley Police Capt. Rex Marks.
A search of the stolen Honda initially uncovered several gun magazines, and Grass Valley Police officers are currently writing a search warrant in the ongoing investigation, Marks said.
Boyce reportedly named another man in connection with the vehicle theft, who had been in custody since this weekend; that man is being interviewed, Marks added.
To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 477-4229.
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