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October 25, 2013
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Meth-addled man damages squad car, sheriff says

An allegedly enraged, methamphetamine-fueled San Juan Ridge man reportedly kicked open the window of a Nevada County Sheriff’s Office vehicle in a futile effort to escape capture on Thursday.

At about 5:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of an individual on a meth binge and arrived at a residence near the intersection of Grizzly Hill and North Bloomfield roads to find Jeffrey Garcia, 36, in a reported state of high intoxication, said Sheriff Keith Royal Monday morning.

He was arrested and placed in the rear of an NCSO squad vehicle, Royal said, when his rage at being confined took over.

Garcia started to kick the window of the car door repeatedly in such a violent manner that he was able to create a small space, through which he tried to escape before becoming stuck, Royal said.

After paramedics responded to the scene, they were able to tranquilize Garcia, who was promptly removed from the window, taken to the hospital and booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.

Garcia was arrested and charged with felony vandalism, being under the influence of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

The vehicle is not functional and must be repaired, Royal said.

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