CHP make two separate marijuana-related arrests on same day |

CHP make two separate marijuana-related arrests on same day

Christopher Springsteen
Nevada County Sheriff Department |

California Highway Patrol officers made two separate arrests, on the same day, in connection with possession of marijuana.

CHP officers were dispatched to a motel in the 13000 block of Highway 49 at about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday after a report of a drunken man blocking the driveway in a U-Haul truck.

One caller reported the driver appeared to be asleep and was slumped over the wheel, while another caller reported the man kept getting out of the truck and then getting back in, said CHP spokesman Greg Tassone.

The man reportedly initially gave officers a false name, and gave conflicting reasons as to what he was doing.

“He initially said he ran out of gas,” Tassone said, adding that he was eventually identified as Christopher Elvis Springsteen, 25, of Nevada City.

The CHP officer reportedly determined Springsteen was under the influence and saw controlled substances in plain view in the cab of the truck.

Springsteen “tried to disassociate himself” from the items, saying they did not belong to him, Tassone said.

He was taken into custody on suspicion of being under the influence and the truck was searched; officers reportedly found a package containing a little less than a half-pound of marijuana, another package with 4.4 grams of tar heroin, an “assortment” of pills including Xanax, and a suitcase containing nitrous oxide poppers and a “large” amount of drug paraphernalia, including pipes and spoons.

The area that witnesses said Springsteen kept returning to, after entering and exiting the truck, was searched and more paraphernalia was found, as well as several cellphones and wallets containing debit cards, Tassone said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

Springsteen was booked into county jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance, providing a false ID to a peace officer, as well as two outstanding warrants. He was being held in lieu of $22,750 bail.

The second arrest came just after 7:30 p.m. on Highway 20 near Cattle Drive, after a K-9 officer based out of the Sacramento CHP office pulled over Timothy Michael Ellinwood, 22, of Grass Valley.

Details of that arrest were not immediately available, but Ellinwood was subsequently booked into county jail on suspicion of possession and transportation of marijuana for sale, as well as driving under the influence of a drug. He was released on $31,948 bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, e-mail or call (530) 477-4229.

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