‘Batman’ in jail after fight | TheUnion.com

‘Batman’ in jail after fight

Painted blue and claiming to be a bat, a Nevada City man was arrested after allegedly tussling with a highway patrolman Sunday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officer Al Jones said 39-year-old Kaveh Tafreshi was likely under the influence of narcotics when the two clashed near North Bloomfield and Rock Creek roads just before 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tafreshi was eventually booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on suspicion of resisting arrest, battery on an officer, battery on an officer with injury, and assault with a deadly weapon on an officer. His bail is $26,000.

Jones initially responded to a report of a vehicle blocking the road.

When he arrived, a witness complained his vehicle had been covered in blue paint. There was also a report of screaming coming from the nearby Diamond Arrow Christian Conference Center.

Jones went to the center, where he claimed finding Tafreshi. Blue paint covered Tafreshi’s chest, neck and hands, and he was wearing a black judo robe and black Everlast boxing shorts.

“I’m a bat, I’m a bat …,” Tafreshi said, according to the officer.

“He was just off the wall,” Jones said.

Tafreshi was holding a broomstick. Jones told him to put the it down and lie on the ground. He refused, and Jones pepper-sprayed him. Tafreshi continued to walk away, and Jones confronted him again.

Tafreshi struck Jones with the broomstick, and Jones struck Tafreshi with a baton. Jones got Tafreshi to the ground, and witnesses helped keep him there.

“He was just wigging out,” said Jones, who suffered a back strain and an abrasion on his left cheek.

Jones said Tafreshi suffered a bruised chest and a cut above his right eyebrow. He was treated at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital before his trip to jail just before 9 p.m.

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