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Suspect in car chase tried to hit officer with vehicle, Nevada County sheriff says

Zachary Simmons

A Grass Valley man accused in a weekend car chase tried to hit an officer with his vehicle before wrecking on East Empire Street, authorities said.

Zachary Taylor Simmons, 28, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, evading police, battery, brandishing, violating a protective order and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Arrested early Saturday, he remained Monday in the Nevada County Jail under $500,000 in bond, records state.

Authorities say they responded around 10 p.m. Friday to reports of an armed man in the 10000 block of Grinding Rock Road. The man had a knife, and was locked in a bedroom with a woman. The man threatened he'd stab any officer that approached him, Sheriff Keith Royal said.

Deputies arrived at the scene and learned the man had fled in an Acura Integra. They then saw the vehicle near Forest Springs Mobile Homes and tried to stop it, he added.

"Apparently, he then took off," Royal said. "There was a pursuit."

The suspect drove toward Grass Valley, entering the city on La Barr Meadows Road. Authorities set a spike strip for the vehicle near McKnight Way, which connected with a tire, the sheriff said.

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"He apparently swerved at the officer who deployed the spike strip, trying to hit him," Royal said.

The Integra reached speeds of 60 mph and swerved into the oncoming lane before crashing near the 10000 block of East Empire Street, he added.

Deputies arrested Simmons at the scene. He was treated at a Roseville hospital and then booked into the Nevada County Jail, reports state.

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