BREAKING NEWS: Police defend decision not to arrest suspect before fatal collision
Grass Valley Police Chief John Foster today defended officers’ decision not to arrest Scott Krause early Tuesday, about 17 hours before he reportedly crashed a stolen truck into a UPS van, killing driver Drew Reynolds.
According to a release issued by the police department, officers responded to the home of Krause’s ex-wife, Tracie, in the 400 block of West Main Street around midnight Tuesday. The ex-wife told police she was concerned about Krause, who she believed had been up for five days and might have been taking drugs.
When officers arrived at Tracie Krause’s home and found her ex-husband, Foster said, officers conducted tests and found no “objective symptoms” that Scott Krause, then on supervised probation for a drug conviction, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The officers did not find any paraphernalia or illegal substances on him, Foster said.
Though Scott Krause walked out of the home with an open container of alcohol, officers asked him to dispose of his alcohol in lieu of giving him a citation, Foster said. Krause’s probation did not require him to avoid alcohol, according to court documents.
Officers determined that Scott Krause was not a danger to himself or others and had not committed a crime in the officers’ presence, Foster said.
“Consequently, S. Krause could not have been arrested for any offenses since none were committed,” Foster said in his release. “S. Krause was detained within the lawful limits of the law. Having no evidence of a crime being committed and no request for a citizen’s arrest, S. Krause was released.”
According to police and witness accounts, Krause stole a large commercial truck owned by Sierra Tile and Stone and rammed head-on into Reynolds’ UPS van on Brunswick Road, near the Idaho-Maryland Road intersection, at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
For the full story, see Saturday’s The Union.
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