A man hitchhiking on Highway 49 Tuesday night ended up in county jail instead.
A Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy spotted David Paul Taylor, 57, on the highway near Combie Road at about 10 p.m., said Lt. Steve Tripp.
After talking to him, the deputy reportedly determined Taylor was intoxicated, and found that he was on probation with no-alcohol terms.
After the deputy arrested Taylor on suspicion of violating probation, a search reportedly uncovered Dilaudid as well as drug paraphernalia.
Taylor was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance and violating probation. He was being held in lieu of $12,500 bail.
“It was just pro-active policing,” Tripp sad. “People don’t realize hitchhiking is an infraction, although we don’t typically cite people.”