Couple arrested in Grass Valley on burglary, drug charges |

Couple arrested in Grass Valley on burglary, drug charges

Jason Ortiz

A couple trying to evade Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies led them on a low-speed chase because the driver couldn’t get his vehicle out of first gear, authorities said.

Jason Scott Ortiz, 46, and Holly Christine Galloway, 24, ended up in Nevada County jail on $57,599 bond each, jail records state.

Deputies had responded to the Highway 20 overpass at South Ponderosa Way at 3:40 p.m. Monday after a passerby reported catching a man and a woman breaking into a parked truck.

When the suspects noticed the witness calling 911, they fled the scene in a vehicle, said Sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Trygg.

A responding deputy saw the vehicle and tried to make a traffic stop, Trygg said. But the driver refused to pull over and a short pursuit ensued before it was discontinued due to safety concerns.

“The vehicle was stuck in first gear,” Trygg said. “Deputies followed them at a slow speed to Condon Park.”

The occupants jumped out of the vehicle and tried to flee, but were detained after a short chase, Trygg said.

A search reportedly uncovered several small bags of marijuana, a number of “eight-balls” of heroin, approximately 50 grams of suspected methamphetamine in packages of various sizes, and a drug scale. The vehicle had an altered VIN number and was turned over to the California Highway Patrol for investigation, Trygg said.

Ortiz was booked into jail on charges of second-degree burglary, criminal conspiracy, reckless evasion of a peace officer, resisting arrest, possessing controlled substances and drug paraphernalia, possessing controlled substances for sale, and possessing a vehicle with altered numbers and false registration.

Galloway was charged with second-degree burglary, criminal conspiracy, resisting arrest, possessing controlled substances and drug paraphernalia, and possessing stolen property.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4236.

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