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February 19, 2014
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Motorcyclist reportedly pulls knife on CHP officers

A Grass Valley man ended up in county jail after reportedly fleeing from, and then pulling a knife on, California Highway Patrol officers.

The man, identified as Robert Patrick Eguina, 48, reportedly went through a stop sign at Ridge Road and Alta Street Saturday afternoon, said Officer Justin Barnthouse.

A CHP officer who saw the traffic infraction initiated a traffic stop, and Eguina, who was driving a motorcycle, pulled over. But after the officer exited his patrol vehicle, Eguina “took off” up Ridge Road, driving about 60 mph, Barnthouse said.

He was eventually contacted at Squirrel Creek Road and Adam Avenue, and was “agitated” over the situation.

“He couldn’t find his registration, but he did have his driver’s license,” Barnthouse said. “It was suspended, and he had no motorcycle endorsement.”

After the CHP officer told Eguina he was going to have the motorcycle towed, Eguina reportedly walked away and punched the Kawasaki’s windshield.

He then pulled a knife out of his pocket, turning toward the four officers who were present by that time, Barnthouse said.

“Two of the officers pointed their Tasers at him and he dropped the knife,” Barnthouse said.

Eguina apparently initially was transported to the hospital, where he reportedly ended up having to be restrained. He later was booked into jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, resisting arrest and obstruction of a peace officer, and released on $50,750 bail.

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


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The Union Updated Feb 19, 2014 12:49AM Published Feb 21, 2014 11:43AM Copyright 2014 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.