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September 19, 2013
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Handcuffed Grass Valley man allegedly threatened officers

A Grass Valley man being arrested on drug charges reportedly tried to fight officers — while handcuffed — Wednesday afternoon.

Grass Valley Police officers had responded to mediate a domestic dispute in the 200 block of South Church Street at about 2:45 p.m., said Sgt. Steve Johnson.

When they arrived, Daniel Keith Haggard was outside in a heated argument with his girlfriend.

“He was extremely belligerent and unable to calm down,” Johnson said. “His behavior was erratic and unpredictable — he was pacing and fidgety.”

The officer evaluated him for possible drug use and reportedly found that his pupils were extremely constricted and he had a fresh injection mark on his arm.

Haggard was placed under arrest, handcuffed and was being escorted to the patrol vehicle when he began trying to fight, Johnson said.

“He tried to pull away and run,” he said. “He was yelling and threatened to do serious bodily injury to the officers.”

Haggard then reportedly tried to elbow one officer while trying to kick the officer on the other side.

“They took him to the ground and restrained him until he wore himself out,” Johnson said.

Haggard reportedly told the officers he was “done” and wouldn’t resist anymore. But after they placed him inside the patrol car, he reportedly began to kick the door and bang his head on the divider.

The officers made it clear that he would be put in restraints if he didn’t stop, Johnson said, adding that Haggard subsequently “became a model passenger.”

Haggard, 28, was booked into county jail on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and resisting arrest and was released on $1,750 bail.

Later the same afternoon, a man was arrested near Osborne Hill for reportedly dragging his girlfriend around by the hair.

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a domestic dispute in the 11000 block of Highway 174 at just before 5 p.m., according to dispatch reports.

The caller reported the man had picked the woman up and slammed her on the ground, then threw her by the hair and choked her.

When deputies arrived, both parties were inside a residence and reportedly were “in the shower,” said Sheriff Keith Royal.

Witnesses told deputies the two were in a verbal argument when he pushed her into the bushes, hit her in the chest, then pulled her by her hair.

Chad Devon Smith, 20, was arrested on suspicion of spousal abuse and was booked and released on $750 bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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