Nevada City bar fight sends three to hospital
A “melee” at a Nevada City bar early Saturday morning that reportedly also involved a woman trying to run over people in her 4Runner sent three people to the hospital.
Nevada City Police officers initially were called to respond to a car driving erratically in the area at about 1:15 a.m., said Police Chief Tim Foley.
As the officer was en route, he saw the vehicle and was following it, trying to stop it, when a second call came in of a fight in the street in front of the bar in the 200 block of Commercial Street, Foley said.
One caller reported a large fight, with a woman making laps around the block, trying to hit people with her vehicle, according to dispatch reports.
“The melee was pretty much over when officers arrived,” he said, adding that several participants were sitting on the curb with bloodied clothing. “Most of the parties involved were belligerent and argumentative.”
The woman driving the vehicle eventually was stopped and identified as a friend of those involved in the fight, Foley said.
“Alcohol was definitely involved, possibly drugs,” Foley said of the altercation.
One victim reportedly had a head injury, and was one of two people who was treated and released to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.
A third alleged victim, a woman, was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with a neck injury, Foley said.
“There is an allegation that the driver hit people, but there is no evidence of that,” Foley said, adding that an investigator has interviewed the victim who was taken to Roseville. “She has abrasions to her knees but no obvious signs of trauma due to being hit by a vehicle. She said she had been knocked over by the wind from the vehicle.”
Foley said his officers are continuing to follow up, and will refer it to the District Attorney’s Office for further investigation and possible criminal prosecution.
“Charges will be pursued if they are warranted,” he said. “That’s why it’s being turned over to the DA’s office for further investigation. At this point, there’s no indication anyone was hit by a vehicle.”
Foley confirmed that one of those involved in the alleged altercation is the daughter of a reserve police officer, who arrived at the scene after the 911 call.
“It will be investigated,” he said. “If there’s any internal investigation needed, we will proceed with that as well. If a policy change or practices change is needed, we will look at that and take appropriate action.”
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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