2 men charged with beating
A 28-year-old Nevada City man was still recovering Monday after allegedly being beaten by two Grass Valley men and then run over by one of the alleged assailants’ vehicles on Saturday night.
Grass Valley tree trimmer Gary A. Doshier, 31, and electrician Jonathan A. Smith, 25, were arrested late Saturday night for allegedly beating 28-year-old Nevada City resident Shane Hoffman, who was pumping gas at the Flyers gas station on the 12000 block of Nevada City Highway. Doshier later allegedly drove into Hoffman, sending him to the hospital with moderate injuries.
Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said the incident started when Doshier and Smith drove up to Hoffman in a Suburu wagon shortly before midnight Saturday, made an obscene gesture and yelled obscenities at him.
Hoffman reportedly returned the sentiment and Doshier parked the Suburu across the street at Lyons Restaurant. Royal said Doshier and Smith got out of the car, walked over to Hoffman and proceeded to beat him about the head and torso.
“(Hoffman) said he had never seen them before in his life,” Royal said.
Following the alleged attack, Doshier went back to his car; Smith went inside the restaurant; and Hoffman followed Doshier, trying to retrieve the Suburu’s license plate number.
“(Hoffman) is in front of the car and that’s when Doshier guns it,” Royal said. “(Hoffman) goes into the windshield and falls onto the ground.”
Royal said Doshier reportedly made no attempt to stop and fled the scene. Several witnesses followed Doshier, who appeared to be drunk. Minutes later, a California Highway Patrol officer pulled Doshier over and arrested him for drunken driving, driving with a suspended license and assault with a deadly weapon.
Deputies found Smith inside Lyon’s Restaurant, behind the counter.
“He was very drunk,” Royal said. “He was incoherent and he resisted a little bit.”
Smith was arrested for being drunk in public and battery with serious bodily injury.
A friend drove Hoffman to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released for split upper and lower lips, a loose tooth, multiple red marks and swollen areas on his legs.
Smith later bailed out of jail. Doshier is still in custody at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail.
Court dates have not yet been set for Doshier or Smith.
To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@ theunion.com or call 477-4236.
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